Colorado's gay governor signs law helping LGBTQ parents overcome a child custody nightmare

Lifestyle May 20, 2022 Lifestyle
Colorado's gay governor signs law helping LGBTQ parents overcome a child custody nightmare

From LGBTQ Nation | News by Daniel Villarreal

Out gay Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) just signed a bill to help resolve a legal issue that denies same-sex parents the legal custody of their own children.

The bill, known as “Marlo’s Law,” was named after the child of Colorado House Majority Leader Daneya Esgar (D). When Esgar gave birth to her daughter Marlo using genetic material from her wife, Heather Palm, both women were surprised to find out that they had to legally adopt Marlo in order to have legal custody of the child they created together.

The law, formally called H.B. 22-1153, helps streamline the adoption process for same-sex parents whose children were conceived by assisted reproduction. It allows LGBTQ parents to declare a “voluntary acknowledgment of parentage,” a statement of parental rights that has the full force of a court order.

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