May 25, 2022
New Law Strengthens Protections for LGBTQ Families; Pending Massachusetts Parentage Act Would do the SameMay 25, 2022 — On Monday, May 23, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 22-1153, which enables LGBTQ parents who create families through assisted reproduction (AR) to more equitably establish their parentage, providing greater legal security for Colorado children. In addition to streamlining the process for confirmatory adoptions, the bill does the following to ensure that Colorado’s parentage laws are gender neutral and explicitly inclusive of LGBTQ families:
- updates terms such as “paternity,” “father” and “mother” to be gender-neutral,
- makes parentage presumptions gender-inclusive,
- expands access to establishing parentage through a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage to intended parents through AR, and
- makes Colorado’s AR provisions gender and marital status neutral so that if you consent to AR you are a parent to the resulting child.