New York, NY – Family Equality Council thanks New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for speaking out in support of passing the Child-Parent Security Act in the New York State Budget.
In a statement issued March 27, Governor Cuomo said: “New York State has led the way for progressive reforms for the LGBTQ community and women’s equality movement. It is unconscionable that people need to leave the state to have a child due to New York State’s antiquated surrogacy laws. I urge the legislature to join the countless LGBTQ and women’s equality advocates and reform New York’s surrogacy laws now. Too many families have struggled for too long.”
“This critical legislation will modernize state law to support and protect New Yorkers that utilize assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization or gestational surrogacy, to form their families,” said The Rev. Stan J. Sloan, CEO at Family Equality Council. “A government budget is about much more than numbers – it is a reflection of our values and priorities. It’s time for New York to show all families that we are valued and protected. We thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and we call on the legislature to join him and include the Child-Parent Security Act in this year’s budget.”
About Family Equality Council
Family Equality Council advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Family Equality Council believes every LGBTQ person should have the right and opportunity to form and sustain a loving family, regardless of who they are or where they live. Learn more at familyequality.org.
Family Equality Council leads the Protecting Modern Families Coalition, which advocates for New York families who rely on advances in medical assistance to have children. The coalition is made up of leading LGTBQ, infertility, faith, and women’s organizations dedicated to passing the Child-Parent Security Act during the 2019 legislative session, including the Academy for Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Auburn Theological Seminary, Equality New York, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Union Theological Seminary, Men Having Babies, and National Council of Jewish Women. To learn more, visit www.modernfamiliescoalition.com.
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Ed Harris, Chief Communications Officer, Family Equality Council
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