Parents & Kids
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.
After DOMA: Information for Married Same-Sex Couples
The fall of DOMA means that many married same-sex couples can access the spousal benefits provided by the federal government through its many programs. However, married same-sex couples, living in states that do not recognize their marriage, may not have access to the spousal benefits of some federal programs. Same-sex couples who are in a civil union or registered domestic partnership and are living in a state that recognizes their relationship may have access to Social Security spousal benefits, but not to the benefits offered to spouses by other federal programs.
For information about specific federal programs go to: After DOMA: Information for Married Same-Sex Couples
GLAD’s Work In New Hampshire Produces Gains For LGBT Families
GLAD worked with the legislature to pass two laws. SB 394 solved some problems that remained after the passage of the marriage equality law and SB 353 created a comprehensive gestational surrogacy law. In addition, GLAD's victory in Re Guardianship of Madelyn B. awarded full parental rights to a woman who had held herself out as a parent for 11 years but who was not a legal parent by blood, marriage or adoption. The combination of these provides significant gains in family law protections for LGBT families living in New Hampshire.
Adoption Questions and Answers
A comprehensive question and answer guide that addresses rights, resources, and issues of adoption for LGBT parents.
Massachusetts Students: What To Do If You’re Being Bullied
A guide to LGBT students on course of action if they are being bullied in public schools.
Maine Joint Adoption Practice and Procedure in Light of Adoption of M.A.: Second Parent Adoption
This document is intended to assist members of the public who are considering joint adoption when a child is already a member of the family.
Legal Q&A for Kids of Trans Parents
Provides legal answers to common questions about kids of transgender parents.
Protecting Families: Standards for LGBT Families
Examines important issues concerning LGBT parents and the custody of their children.
Selected Bibliography of Recent Co-Parent Cases
A selected bibliography of case law relevant to co-parent adoption.
Bibliography of Adoption Cases
A list of relevant case law in regards to adoption by LGBT parents.
Bibliography of Custody and Visitation Cases
A list of relevant case law in regard to custody and visitation of LGBT parents and their children.