MASSACHUSETTS PARENTAGE ACT
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This is an amazing opportunity to act locally to protect LGBTQ families and their children. **MA is the ONLY New England state that has not updated its parentage laws to include and protect LGBTQ families.**
What does that mean? It means that, for your LGBTQ friends, they do not have protections from the moment of their child's birth. They face barriers, cost, humiliation to protect their children. They face losing their kids to the child welfare system. They face separation from their children. Perhaps you don't realize the system in place in MA & how it doesn't yet protect LGBTQ families. Marriage equality is so important, but it isn't and has never been the end. We need our state family laws to protect all children, regardless of the circumstances of their birth or the marital status, gender, or sexual orientation of their parents. We are not there yet, but we are close.
Today I am writing to urge you to report the Massachusetts Parentage Act (S 1133 / H 1714) favorably out of committee.
Myself, my friends, and my family are deeply concerned by the current state of national affairs after the Supreme Court's decisions regarding Dobbs. It has set a precedent that other rights will not be protected under the 14th Amendment, and Clarence Thomas has more than hinted that he has future plans for other decisions, including those pertaining to LGBTQ+ rights. While Massachusetts has often been at the forefront of LGBTQ+ rights, now is not the time for complacency. Please make this easier for families that are built on love.
Thank you for your time, effort, and service. "