Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday signed a bill that makes the state’s surrogacy laws gender neutral.
State Del. Richard Sullivan (D-Fairfax County) introduced the bill — known as “Jacob’s Law” — after a gay couple who lives in his district became embroiled in a lengthy legal battle in Wisconsin in order to gain custody of their son. The couple, Jay Timmons and Rick Olsen, attended Tuesday’s signing ceremony that took place in Arlington.
“There are many ways to create a family, and this legislation recognizes that,” tweeted Northam.
I was proud to be in Arlington this morning with Jay, Rick, and their entire family to sign #JacobsLaw, which makes Virginia’s surrogacy laws more inclusive.
Love is love—There are many ways to create a family, and this legislation recognizes that. pic.twitter.com/KpiI3ZkYBW
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) June 25, 2019