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Family Recognition, Adoption, and Parenting

Same-sex couples want to marry for reasons familiar to all couples – for love, commitment, shared responsibility, and family. And now thanks to a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court followed by a decision by the US Supreme Court, all loving couples have the the freedom to marry in the United States.

For years, Equality Pennsylvania through our Value All Families™ Coalition,  worked to build support for marriage equality so that same-sex couples are given access to the full dignity, respect, and protections accorded to other couples.  Now that marriage equality is the law of the land, we continue to fight against attacks to take away these rights, pushing for equal and equitable treatment of LGBTQ families.

Pennsylvania Family Law Guide

Latest Resource: Download the Pennsylvania LGBTQ Family Law Guide

In 2017, Equality Pennsylvania partnered with Family Equality Council to release a new legal guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) families living in Pennsylvania. This resource provides LGBTQ-headed families and LGBTQ adults considering forming families with detailed and accessible explanations of the current status of federal and state law, including recognition of same-sex marriages, parental rights, adoption, applying for documentation for children, nondiscrimination protections, school policies, healthcare, parental leave, and more. The guide also includes a list of legal documents it is recommended that all LGBTQ families secure in order to ensure their rights and wishes are respected.

Download a PDF copy of this free resource here:

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