GayRVA.com: “Two-Mom Births Give Hope in New York, But Virginia Still Behind”

GayRVA.com: “Two-Mom Births Give Hope in New York, But Virginia Still Behind”

Though fertility treatments across the country have started to practice a “two-mom” approach which would allow female same-sex couples to share a role in the biological process, laws around same-sex marriage and parenting are making it difficult for states like Virginia to recognize both women as the parents.

“In New York they have same-sex marriage and they have same-sex adoption, we don’t have any of that here,” said Colleen Quinn, director and equity owner in the law firm of Locke & Quinn in Richmond. “We have to settle for second best.”

“Basically in Virginia, right now, we cannot get both genetic mom and gestational mom on the birth certificate,” Quinn said. “Genetic mom is the one that contributes her egg, she does not donate, she contributes to the gestational mom. The gestational mom carries the egg with donor sperm, known or unknown.”

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GayRVA.com: “Two-Mom Births Give Hope in New York, But Virginia Still Behind”


Though fertility treatments across the country have started to practice a “two-mom” approach which would allow female same-sex couples to share a role in the biological process, laws around same-sex marriage and parenting are making it difficult for states like Virginia to recognize both women as the parents.

“In New York they have same-sex marriage and they have same-sex adoption, we don’t have any of that here,” said Colleen Quinn, director and equity owner in the law firm of Locke & Quinn in Richmond. “We have to settle for second best.”

“Basically in Virginia, right now, we cannot get both genetic mom and gestational mom on the birth certificate,” Quinn said. “Genetic mom is the one that contributes her egg, she does not donate, she contributes to the gestational mom. The gestational mom carries the egg with donor sperm, known or unknown.”

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