FROM ADVOCATE DAILY: All Families Are Equal Act

Children and same-sex parents to be protected by Ontario law

Ontario law is catching up with the increase in same-sex parents this week.

From the Canadian Press via Advocate Daily:

Ontario parents who conceive their children using assisted reproduction will get more legal rights as laws that require same-sex couples to adopt their own children are being updated.

The Liberal government is introducing the All Families Are Equal Act today, which would update a parentage law that hasn’t been changed since 1978.

Some LGBTQ parents and others who are not biologically related to their children often need to go to court to be legally recognized as parents.

But the new legislation would ensure all couples who use assisted reproduction to conceive, including the use of a surrogate, are legally recognized as parents.

In an interview with, Ottawa family and litigation lawyer Timothy N. Sullivan says the proposed legislation is an example of how laws must continually adapt to protect children and parents.

“While it should be easier to name a bone fide parent to a child conceived outside of the more traditional manner, it cannot be a free-for-all,” says Sullivan, principal of SullivanLaw. “Children need to have the protection and certainty of the law and parents need to have the moral and legal obligations of parenthood identified and respected.”


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