On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, recognizing that same-sex couples have equal marriage rights. All state laws banning same-sex marriage were overruled by the Court’s decision.
Same-sex spouses now have the same rights and benefits as legally married, opposite-sex couples, including tax relief, emergency medical decision-making power, access to domestic relations laws, spousal benefits (including workers’ compensation), inheritance rights, and spousal testimonial privilege.
The Obergefell v. Hodges ruling also created hope for Same Sex parenting. In the Supreme Court’s majority opinion, same-sex parenting was validated and even used as an example for marriage equality on the vitality of gay families. After declaring that a “basis for protecting the right to marry is that it safeguards children and families,” Justice Anthony Kennedy explained that “same-sex couples provide loving and nurturing homes to their children, whether biological or adopted.” Relying on Williams Institute research, he noted that “hundreds of thousands of children are presently being raised by same-sex couples.” The majority affirmed a model of parenthood based on chosen, functional bonds rather than biology alone.
There are a four main ways that gay men and women can have children:
· Co-parenting arrangements (Between Lesbians & Male gay couples)
· Donor Insemination (for Lesbians)
· We have also done many cases where one female partner is the egg donor and the other is the gestational carrier.
The Virginia Center for Reproductive Medicine has worked with dual gender partners with Egg Donor and Surrogacy treatments since 2004. Our practice has enjoyed the highest success rates in the DC metro area consistently for the past 9 years. We invite you to learn more about how our practice can assist you and your partner in building a family: http://www.vcrmed.com/other-services/gestational-surrogacy-in-reston-va-virginia/