We recommend ensuring you have the following:

NOTE: Married or unmarried couples and single people can use these documents to protect themselves, their relationships, and their assets.

Marriage equality is the law of the land and must be respected in all 50 states and by the federal government.

What the language in Dobbs does mean is that in the coming months and years, we are likely to see attacks on marriage and our relationships — just like we are already seeing other attacks on LGBTQ+ people, families, and children in individual states.

The best way for LGBTQ+ parents to protect their family is to ensure that their parent-child relationship is legally recognized by obtaining a court order – parentage judgment or adoption decree — even if you are married and are both listed on a child’s birth certificate. 

Court judgments and decrees, or their equivalent, confirm and/or establish legal parentage and must, under the US Constitution, be afforded full faith and credit. This means that they must be recognized in every jurisdiction throughout the U.S.
More information can be found in our Post-Dobbs Toolkit.

The Dobbs opinion did not speak to this issue directly. However, since IVF involves creating embryos and can result in additional embryos, some have expressed concerns about the implications of Dobbs on the process.

Before beginning your family creation journey, you should consult with a lawyer in your state with expertise in assisted reproduction to better understand the legal landscape, your options, and how best to protect yourself.

LGBTQ+ partners, parents and their children should travel with certified copies of all of their important documents in case they are challenged at borders, hospitals, or other venues.

We recommend that people travel with

  • a certified copy of their children’s birth certificates, 
  • a certified copy of the court judgment, decree or voluntary acknowledgment of parentage, 
  • a certified copy of marriage certificate (if applicable), and 
  • a copy of health care proxies for the adults.

You don’t have to navigate the legal system alone. Many organizations provide legal helplines that you can contact for support. We recommend: