Texas LGBTQ Family Law Guide

A guide for LGBTQ-headed families and LGBTQ adults considering forming families, published in partnership with Equality Texas.

The Texas LGBTQ Family Law Guide 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.

This report is the result of a partnership between Family Equality Council and Equality Texas.

Topics covered:

  • Relationship recognition
  • Children and parentage
    • Adoption
    • Surrogacy, assisted reproduction, & artificial insemination
    • Birth certificates for children of same-sex couples
    • Applying for a social security number and card for a child
    • Applying for a passport for a child
  • Non-discrimination protections
    • Employment
    • Housing
    • Public accommodations
  • School policies and anti-bullying
  • Healthcare
  • Family and/or parenting leave
  • Changes of name and gender
  • Hate crimes protections
  • Recommended legal documents for same-sex couples