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New Ontario law updates parentage laws to recognize same-sex parents

[JURIST] The Ontario legislature [official website] on Tuesday passed the All Families are Equal Act [text], recognizing same-sex couples as parents when they utilize assisted reproduction. The prior parentage laws, untouched since 1978, only recognized the birth parent when assisted reproduction is utilized. The new act recognizes both members of a couple, including same-sex couples, as parents when a child is born.

The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons remains a controversial topic throughout the world. Earlier this month a UN human rights expert stated [JURIST report] that members of the LGBTI community are experiencing a "vortex of violence and discrimination" on a global level, including hate speech and rampant social media attacks. A group of UN human rights experts expressed concern [JURIST report] earlier last week over countries attempting to retroactively block a mandate of an independent expert to investigate sexual orientation and gender identity-based rights abuses. The Human Rights Council voted in July in favor of appointing [JURIST report] an independent expert to report on and investigate worldwide violence and discrimination against the LGBTI community. The resolution was approved by the member states of the Human Rights Council in June. Last Month France removed a sterilization requirement [JURIST report] for transgender individuals.

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