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Second-Parent Adoptions - Advanced Issues

I recently wrote about why married same-sex couples, particularly female couples who conceive their child using anonymous donor sperm, still should complete a second-parent adoption. I want to look at some other forms of family formation here, and ad… Read More
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Second-parent adoptions: Do I still need to do one after Obergefell?

The question comes up eventually. Whether I am doing a talk specifically for LGBT parents or at a meet-up of same-sex families like mine, a mother will ask me: Do I really need to do a second-parent adoption? Still? The “still” is because of Ober… Read More
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Religious Freedom Laws and the License to Discriminate

This post originally appeared in the Expert Advice section on the great site Gays with Kids. I was in my office this past June when the Supreme Court (finally) held that the right to marry extends to same-sex couples with the Obergefell decision. I… Read More
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Top 12 Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Stories of 2014 - Part 2

As promised, here is the second part of my round up of the biggest stories of the year.  Follow me on Twitter, where I post almost every day, for all of the latest news as it happens.  7.  Thailand abruptly halts international surrogacy.  Amid r… Read More
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Second-Parent Adoption Following Surrogacy

I’ve written before about why a non-biological parent in married same-sex couples should complete second adoption, even if both parents are on named on the child’s birth certificate.  Most families have no trouble getting a court to grant the ad… Read More
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Do I Really Need a Sperm Donor Agreement?

When I talk to potential clients considering using a known sperm donor (especially lesbian couples), I often get two questions:  “Can’t I just do the donor agreement myself?” No. “Do I really need a sperm donor agreement?R… Read More
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Introducing Jason!

My husband Kevin and I were pleased to welcome our second son Jason on April 2nd!  He weighed 7 lbs 11 oz and was 19 inches long.  Jason was full term, unlike our older son Keith who was 8 weeks premature.  We’ve been learning about how ful… Read More
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Brian Is Now Part of Family Equality Council's "Ask the Experts" Panel

I am honored that Family Equality Council has asked me to be part of their “Ask the Experts” panel.  I will be answering questions about immigration and citizenship as they relate to LGBT families.   I look forward to helping bi-nation… Read More
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Cutting Through the Confusion About Second-Parent Adoptions in New York

A judge in Brooklyn Surrogate’s Court recently sent shockwaves through the community with the decision refusing to grant a second-parent adoption for the non-biological mom in a married lesbian couple.  Her reasoning was New York law already recog… Read More
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Why Utah Matters

“This one feels different,” was how Rachel Maddow summed up last week’s marriage-equality victory in Utah on her show, hours after the US District Court judge handed down his opinion.  She and her guest, NYU law professor Kenji Yoshino, talked… Read More
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