Massachusetts Parentage Act
The Massachusetts Parentage Act (MPA, H.1713/S.947) will update Massachusetts’ outdated parentage law so that it is clear, equitable, and provides legal protection for all families, including LGBTQ+ families.
This is the year to pass the Massachusetts Parentage Act.
Who supports the MPA (H.1713/S.947)
The Massachusetts Parentage Act is widely supported by local families and these state officials, associations, and partner organizations:
- Boston City Council: City Council Supports Massachusetts Parentage Act
- Boston Globe Editorial Board: Massachusetts lawmakers must protect the rights of LGBTQ and other parents
- Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly: Legislature must act on surrogacy issues
Get involved and take action
- Urge the Judiciary Committee to vote the Massachusetts Parentage Act favorably out of committee!
- Get updates, volunteer, or share your story: Join us and other MPA supporters.
- Follow the Massachusetts Parentage Act Coalition on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates and to share posts and help spread the word.
- Show your support for the MPA: Download the MPA Coalition badge and make it your social media profile picture.
- Learn more about the need for parentage reform from Massachusetts families.
- Download and share the MPA Fact Sheet and family stories.
Why we need to update Massachusetts parentage law
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 (H.1713/S.947), 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 bill 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 of our neighboring states, including Vermont and Maine, have passed similar parentage legislation.
Recognizing all families
The MPA updates Massachusetts law so that it is constitutional, and it protects all children, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. Among other important protections, the MPA provides clarity on how to establish parentage for children born through assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and to same-sex parents who aren’t married. As the law stands now, children are not treated equally, with some having to wait six months or longer to establish their parent-child relationship. That is too long to wait and leaves children and families vulnerable.
Massachusetts families can’t wait any longer for equal access to family protections. Love makes families, and we need our laws to protect them.
Media: Press coverage, blogs, and videos
- Boston Globe: We know there are many ways to make a family. Why doesn’t state law see it?
- Mombian: Powerful Testimony at Massachusetts Parentage Act Hearing
- WGBH: More same-sex couples are adopting their own kids amid legal uncertainty
- MASSterList: Massachusetts law doesn’t always recognize parental rights for same-sex, non-traditional mothers and fathers
- Radio Boston: State senator says Massachusetts parentage laws need an update
- NBC Boston: Push for inclusive parenting law in Mass. as families ‘live in fear’ of losing kids
- USA Today: ‘Like I was a stranger’: What happens when state laws don’t recognize LGBTQ+ parents
- NBC Boston: Understanding the Massachusetts Parentage Act
The Massachusetts Parentage Act is supported by local families and these partner organizations:
American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
ACLU of Massachusetts
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – MA Chapter
Boston IVF Fertility Clinic
Boston Medical Center
Cape Cod Healthcare, Inc.
Center for Reproductive Rights
Children’s Law Center of MA
Children’s League of Massachusetts
Circle Surrogacy & Egg Donation
Citizens for Juvenile Justice
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Csed Inc. (The Center for Surrogacy and Egg Donation)
Eastern Bank Foundation
Fertility Within Reach
Friends of Children
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Courts
Greater Boston PFLAG
Kauffman Law and Mediation
Massachusetts Advocates for Children
Mass General Brigham
Mass PPD Fund
Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth
Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women
Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association
Massachusetts LGBTQ Political Caucus
Massachusetts Medical Society
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Mass PPD Fund
Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Massachusetts Trans Political Coalition
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
Modern Family Law, Bruce Hale, Esq.
Movement Advancement Project
National Association of Social Workers–MA Chapter
National Center for Lesbian Rights
New England Fertility Society
New England Surrogacy
Nichols, Delisle & Lightholder
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
Reproductive Equity Now
Resolve New England
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Roxbury Youth Works
UMass Memorial Health
Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy