Pennsylvania LGBTQ Family Law Guide

A guide for LGBTQ-headed families and LGBTQ adults considering forming families, published in partnership with Equality Pennsylvania Education Fund.

New Legal Guide Released for LGBTQ Families in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania LGBTQ Family Law Guide resource provides LGBTQ-headed families and LGBTQ adults considering forming families with detailed and accessible explanations of the current status of federal and state law, including recognition of same-sex marriages, parental rights, adoption, applying for documentation for children, nondiscrimination protections, school policies, healthcare, parental leave, and more. The guide also includes a list of legal documents it is recommended that all LGBTQ families secure in order to ensure their rights and wishes are respected.

This report is the result of a partnership between Family Equality Council and Equality Pennsylvania Education Fund.

Topics covered:

  • Relationship recognition
  • Children and parentage
    • Adoption
    • Surrogacy, assisted reproduction, & artificial insemination
    • Birth certificates for children of same-sex couples
    • Applying for a social security number and card for a child
    • Applying for a passport for a child
  • Non-discrimination protections
    • Employment
    • Housing
    • Public accommodations
  • School policies and anti-bullying
  • Healthcare
  • Family and/or parenting leave
  • Changes of name and gender
  • Hate crimes protections
  • Recommended legal documents for same-sex couples
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