N.Y. Court Expands Rights of Nonbirth Parents in Same-Sex Relationships

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May 4, 2010


"New York State’s highest court somewhat expanded the rights of gay and lesbian parents on Tuesday in a narrow ruling that said nonbiological parents in same-sex relationships should be treated the same as biological parents.

"...'In many ways this is a real breakthrough in New York,' said Susan L. Sommer, who argued the case before the Court of Appeals and is senior counsel and director of constitutional litigation for Lambda Legal, a gay-rights advocacy group.

"'But there's also a lot more work that needs to be done, because the decision stops short of bringing New York into line with the growing trend in other jurisdictions,' Ms. Sommer added."

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