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Netherlands: Government to Extend Parental Rights to Gay and Lesbian Couples

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Netherlands: Government to extend Parental Rights to Gay and Lesbian CouplesThe Government in the Netherlands is looking to change the law to take into account its 25,000 LGBT families, and issues faced by step-parents or sperm donors.

The extension would mean that children could have three or more parents, taking into account the biological parents of children of same-sex couples.

Wiebe Alkema, a spokesperson for the justice ministry said it “is going to investigate and see what the possibilities are for recognising three parents or more per family,” AFP reported.

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NY: High Court Recognizes VT Civil Union for Parenting Rights

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

New York’s highest court ruled that a Vermont civil union establishes parental rights for the non-biological parent. The ruling, in the case brought by Lambda Legal, was unanimous. The court, however, did not overrule a 1991 decision that said only biological or adoptive parents may seek custody and visitation rights.

However, the latest ruling strengthens recognition of same-sex relationships in a state that doesn’t issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian ouples. In September 2009, Vermont’s marriage equality law replaced civil unions. Last year, a marriage equality law proposed by New York’s governor passed the Assembly but failed in the Senate. New York does recognize marriages and civil unions performed elsewhere, thanks to an executive order and several legal decisions.

In a related case, the court ruled 4-3 that a woman is entitled to seek child support from her former partner. The partner is not the biological parent, but the couple raised the child together until they split.

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