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News Posted on July 20, 2020

Parentage act backed by Professor Joslin overwhelmingly approved by Rhode Island legislature

On July 16, the Rhode Island General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Rhode Island Uniform Parentage Act, which updates the state’s 40-year-old law to ensure all the state’s children have equal access to the security of legal parentage.

The Rhode Island Uniform Parentage Act is based on the Uniform Parentage Act (2017), for which Professor Courtney Joslin served as Reporter. Joslin also has played a key role in the Rhode Island legislation. She provided technical support and submitted letters in support of the legislation along with letters that answered questions raised by legislators and stakeholders.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is expected to sign the bill into law on July 21.

Professor Joslin is a scholar in the field of family and relationship recognition, with a particular focus on same-sex and non-marital couples.