June 25, 2019 at 8:40 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Ralph Northam signs ‘Jacob’s Law’ in Arlington
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on June 25, 2019, signed “Jacob’s Law,” which makes the state’s surrogacy laws gender-neutral. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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