I would have benefitted by being able to marry my then partner and move with her to Hawaii, if the immigration laws had permitted it back then ( early 2000s).
I came out of the closet in 1978 – only to rush back in due to the prevalent homophobic attitudes, impact on careers, Section 28 etc, until the late 1990s when I could finally be myself.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 meant that when my wife and i decided to pursue fertility treatment, had we been successful we both would have been recognised in law as the legal parents of the child.
Similarly as we’re open to pursuing adoption further down the road, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 would grant us equal rights when applying to adopt.
In day to day life it’s easy to take our LGBT+ rights for granted, but the right of same sex couples to be deemed legal parents has actually only been in force for 14 years, despite paying thousands of pounds for the privilege!
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