Louisiana to Make Surrogacy Illegal for Same-Sex Couples
If you are a same-sex couple in Louisiana, it is currently legal for you to contract with a surrogate mother to carry a baby for you and your partner. That is about to change. The Louisiana Senate passed a bill this week that sets new standards for paid and contract surrogate pregnancies. Senate Bill 162 would allow only married heterosexual couples to use the services of a surrogate mother. It doesn’t matter whether the surrogate has been paid, or if she simply wants to help a friend. Gay couples, or single people of any persuasion, will not be allowed to have a child using a surrogate.
A similar bill has already passed the House, but with an amendment that would nullify the bill if the Supreme Court strikes down DOMA. Democrat Gary Smith, sponsor of the Senate bill, objected to that provision saying he preferred to find language that would link the definition of a married couple to the State Constitution, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. The bill now heads to a conference committee to find a version both houses can agree with, but in either version, gays will be barred from having a child through a surrogate.