Connecticut Parentage Act

The We Care Coalition, headed by Professor Doug NeJaime at Yale Law School and Polly Crozier at GLAD, is working to pass the Connecticut Parentage Act (CPA), Proposed Bill 6321. The CPA was reintroduced this session with bipartisan support and will likely get a public hearing early in the legislative session. The Center has been a major supporter of this legislation, and we will be submitting testimony in support of the bill, along with many of our providers.

The CPA aims to ensure that all children in Connecticut have equal access to the security of legal parentage despite the circumstances of their birth or the gender, sexual orientation, or marital status of their parents. The CPA will also increase access to and efficiency in the courts, and update Connecticut parentage law so that it is constitutional in light of U.S. Supreme Court precedent on the rights of same-sex couples.

From The Center’s perspective, the CPA is especially important because it secures parentage for families formed through assisted reproduction, including families with nonbiological parents and LGBTQ parents. The Coalition is seeking families who would be interested in submitting written testimony in support of the legislation. It is so important that legislators learn about the experiences of families whose lives are impacted by Connecticut’s parentage laws. If you are interested in submitting testimony, below is a link to a testimony template document and list of general messaging points.

You can email your testimony to Rachael Stryer at rachael.stryer@yale.edu or, once a hearing is scheduled, submit testimony directly to judtestimony@cga.ct.gov. If you have questions about your testimony, please contact Rachael at the above email.

Family Testimony Template

Information about the hearing date will also be posted on the Coalition’s social media sites (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram). Please follow or like to receive up-to-date information and to share information about the bill with your social networks.

We’re excited for the coming weeks and grateful for your help and efforts in getting this important legislation passed. Please let us know if you have any questions.