BILL NO A09710A
SAME AS SAME AS S07515-A
SPONSOR Paulin (MS)
COSPNSR Barrett, Gottfried, Fahy, Clark, Ryan, Skartados, Titone
Amd S110, Dom Rel L
Relates to adoption by a petitioner where such petitioner's parentage is
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the domestic relations law, in
relation to adoption by a petitioner where such petitioner's parentage
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To explicitly codify in statute that a petition to adopt, where the
petitioner's parentage is legally-recognized under New York State law
shall not be denied solely on the basis that the petitioner's
parentage is already legally-recognized.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one amends section 110 of the domestic relations law to
provide that a petition to adopt, where the petitioner's parentage is
legally-recognized under New York State law shall not be denied solely
on the basis that the petitioner's parentage is already
Section two provides the effective date.
Under existing New York law, judges already have the ability to grant
an adoption of a child by a petitioner whose parentage is already
legally-recognized. These adoptions are routinely granted and can be
very important for many same-sex couples and their children.
While the spouse of a woman who gives birth to a child is presumed to
be the child's parent, same-sex couples find themselves in a legally
precarious position when traveling in places where same-sex marriages
are not recognized. A New York adoption would be honored in another
jurisdiction, and afforded full faith and credit, even if a couple's
marriage was not. This gives children the security that both their
parents will be legally recognized wherever family members may be.
Already under existing law, judges may and routinely do grant these
adoptions. Despite this clear legal authority, a Surrogate's Court in
Brooklyn recently denied a married same-sex couple an adoption. This
bill further codifies the existing law to explicitly state that a
petition to adopt shall not be denied solely on the basis that the
petitioner's parentage is already legally-recognized. This bill
ensures that couples' access to such adoptions could not be fettered
by future court decisions.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N A S S E M B L Y
May 16, 2014
Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN, BARRETT, GOTTFRIED, FAHY, CLARK, RYAN,
SKARTADOS -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. RIVERA -- read once and
referred to the Committee on Judiciary -- committee discharged, bill
amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
AN ACT to amend the domestic relations law, in relation to adoption by a
petitioner where such petitioner's parentage is legally-recognized
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Section 110 of the domestic relations law is amended by
2 adding a new closing paragraph to read as follows:
3 A PETITION TO ADOPT, PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF THIS ARTICLE, WHERE THE
4 PETITIONER'S PARENTAGE IS LEGALLY-RECOGNIZED UNDER NEW YORK STATE LAW
5 SHALL NOT BE DENIED SOLELY ON THE BASIS THAT THE PETITIONER'S PARENTAGE
6 IS ALREADY LEGALLY-RECOGNIZED.
7 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.