Adoption and Parenting Laws in Same-Sex Marriages

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Susan Sommer, lawyer and director of Constitutional Litigation at Lambda Legal, talks about the changing legal landscape now that same-sex marriage is recognized in the state of New York, especially in regards to the recent ruling of a Brooklyn judge dismissing a non-biological parent's request to adopt her wife's biological child.



Susan Sommer

Comments [3]

Tyco Brahe from Nyc

Why do people only bring up limiting government involvement in marriage when discussing the marriage of gays?

Government involvement has worked just fine as more and more people, who had been denied, have been included in the institution--like African Americans, felons, and gays.

It has always been seen as a civil function-- even priests say, "with the powers vesting in me by the state of New York..."

Feb. 19 2014 10:14 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Will the genome profile replace the birth certificate to prove parenthood? And the drive to cut the father out of the life of his biological offspring is hardly something new and ongoing. Basically, a return to the pre-civilized bonobo lifestyle where the male plays no permanent role and matriarchy is absolute.

Feb. 18 2014 11:54 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The government should never have become involved in "marrying" people in the first place. It should have remained the domain of the various religious sects and institutions. The government should have only authorized civil unions and required pre-nuptual agreements to be filed along with the request for legal recognition of a civil union.

But in general, "marriage" is a man-made institution, unique to our species, and is destined to fade away rather quickly as medical technology moves towards the ability to create and develop babies outside of the female womb.

Feb. 18 2014 11:45 AM

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