Parents & Kids

New England has been fertile territory for GLAD’s family law work. LGBT individuals may adopt children in any New England state, and firmly-established law allows same-sex couples to adopt jointly in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, and—in most cases—New Hampshire and Rhode Island. In addition, a number of state courts have made it possible for a non-biological parent to pursue custody and visitation as a “de facto” parent, protecting the irreplaceable relationship between parent and child.


GLAD’s Work On This Issue

Our communities are stronger and healthier when LGBT parents are fully recognized under the law, all parents can provide security for their families, and the law puts children's needs first.

From the Docket

Victory • 2012

Nolan v. Labree

Addressing the issue of parentage in gestational surrogate births for the first time, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on May 3, 2012 ruled that… More →

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Legislative Advocacy

June 8, 2007

Gay Mainers to have Family Medical Leave

Maine’s legislature passed a bill extending the protections of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to same-sex couples and their families. Working… More →

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July 14, 2014

Marriage Equality Now Means Marriage Equality in New Hampshire

Although same-sex couples have been able to marry in New Hampshire since January 2010, GLAD has continued to hear from couples with questions and… More →

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