A bill in Nevada that would allow multiple parents to adopt a child without removing another parent from the birth certificate has moved through a key legislative committee.
Assembly Bill 115 was introduced in February by NV Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen (D-Las Vegas.) The bill would recognize the parental rights of stepparents and same-sex parents, and would allow for children who are born to surrogate parents or who have divorced parents to have more than two names listed on their birth certificate.
The state Assembly Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the bill on March 12th, and it now awaits a vote in the full Assembly. The Las Vegas Sun said there does not appear to be any “staunch opposition” to the legislation.
Deputy director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Cathy Sakimura called the legislation “vital” for the well-being of children, and said it would ensure that diverse and multi-parent families are "protected and given the same dignity and respect as other families,” the Nevada Independent reports.
There is precedent in several other states, including Massachusetts, California, Oregon, and Washington, to allow for more than two parents to legally adopt a child.
While Nguyen’s proposal doesn’t specifically limit the number of parents who could theoretically adopt a child, she said it’s a “common sense” limit, according to the Las Vegas Sun.