Parentage Equality for Massachusetts Families
The Massachusetts Parentage Act (H.1713/S.947) will affirm and protect our families, ensuring that all children can access the security of legal parentage.
There are many paths to parenthood and many types of families in the Commonwealth, but Massachusetts statutes have not kept pace with modern science and the diversity of our families, leaving children vulnerable.
An Act to Ensure Legal Parentage Equality, known as the Massachusetts Parentage Act or MPA, updates Massachusetts statutes to clarify who can be a parent and how to establish parentage. This bill is critical to ensuring that all children can access the security of legal parentage, regardless of the circumstances of their birth.
This MPA is based on the Uniform Parentage Act, which serves as a uniform framework for ensuring the protection of the relationship between parents and children. Originally passed in 1973 to protect children born to unmarried people, the Uniform Parentage Act was most recently revised and approved in 2017. Several neighboring states, including Vermont and Maine, have passed similar parentage legislation.
- Urge your legislators to co-sponsor the MPA!
- Did you talk with your legislator about supporting the MPA? Let us know how it went.
- Learn more about the Massachusetts Parentage Act Coalition
- Read powerful stories from real families impacted by the state’s outdated parentage laws
- Check out and share media coverage of the MPA
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The unanimous decision ensures the security of a voluntary acknowledgment of parentage for non-biological, non-marital parents.
LGBTQ+ Families at Risk: Updating Parentage Laws To Protect LGBTQ+ Parents and Their ChildrenRead More
GLAD is leading the effort to pass the Massachusetts Parentage Act and to safeguard LGBTQ+ families across the country.
Looking Toward the Future of the MA Parentage ActRead More
It is just a matter of time before justice and common sense prevail and Massachusetts law will respect and protect all children.