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Protecting LGBTQ Families in Rhode Island

Pending

Overview

fact sheet PDF of RI Parentage Act
RI Parentage Act Fact Sheet

The Rhode Island Parentage Act updates Rhode Island law to clarify who can be a parent and how to establish parentage. These critical reforms recognize the diversity of families in Rhode Island and ensure that all children can have their legal parentage established regardless of the circumstances of their birth. The current Rhode Island parentage law is out-of-date and unconstitutional.

Click here for the full text of Senate Bill 0789

Click here for the full text of House Bill 6707

Sara Watson speaking at Rhode Island State House 

GLAD Senior Staff Attorney Patience Crozier

discussing S0789 at RI Senate

Testimonies:

Senior Staff Attorney Patience Crozier (Senate, April 25, 2019)

Senior Staff Attorney Patience Crozier (House, March 20, 2019)

UC Davis School of Law, Professor of Law and MLK Jr. Research Scholar, Courtney Joslin (April 24, 2019)

Related News Articles:

Providence Journal; A new path to legal parenthood

UpriseRI.com; Parentage Act to study commission

UpriseRI.com; Parents and advocates urge house speaker

Courtney Joslin’s Yale Law Journal Article, “Nurturing Parenthood Through the UPA

Updates:

June 7, 2019: The Parentage Act passes unanimously in the Rhode Island Senate.

June 26, 2019: The House votes to send the Rhode Island Parentage Act (RIPA) to a study commission.

The Rhode Island Parentage Act updates Rhode Island law to clarify who can be a parent and how to establish parentage. These critical reforms recognize the diversity of families in Rhode Island and ensure that all children can have their legal parentage established regardless of the circumstances of their birth. The current Rhode Island parentage law is out-of-date and unconstitutional.

Now in Rhode Island, many children and families remain vulnerable because they have no clear route to establish their parentage. Rhode Island has no statutes clarifying parentage for children born through assisted reproduction, and no statutes regarding parentage through surrogacy.

The Rhode Island Parentage Act is based on the Uniform Parentage Act of 2017, which is a model, uniform law that advises all states to ensure that their parentage statutes apply equally to LGBTQ families among other suggested updates.

On March 20, 2019, GLAD Senior Attorney Patience Crozier submitted testimony to the Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary in support of H. 5707 – An act relating to domestic relations – Uniform Parentage Act (“Rhode Island Parentage Act”). Read it here.

On April 25, 2019, GLAD Senior Attorney Patience Crozier submitted testimony to the Rhode Island Senate Committee on Judiciary in support of S. 0789 – An act relating to domestic relations – Uniform Parentage Act (“Rhode Island Parentage Act”). Read it here.

The RI legislature is also considering H5706/S0497 the Rhode Island Confirmatory Adoption ActRead more.