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State recognizes de facto parents and may grant them visitation, custody or full parenting rights (3 states)
States allow limited recognition of de facto parents as a basis for visitation and/or custody (25 states + D.C.)
State recognition of de facto parents is uncertain or state may require compelling circumstances for recognition (15 states)
State does not recognize de facto parents (7 states)
NOTE: A "de facto parent" is someone other than a legal parent who, for reasons other than financial compensation, formed a child-parent relationship in which he or she shared (usually at least equally) in primary childcare responsibilities. This can be any person who acts as a parent in a child’s life and meets certain criteria, including same-sex parents, grandparents, stepparents, aunts, uncles or other loved ones. Analysis by the Movement Advancement Project.

Percent of LGBT Population Covered by Laws

2% of LGBT population lives in states recognizing de facto parents and may grant them visitation, custody or full parenting rights 59% of LGBT population lives in states allowing limited recognition of de facto parents as a basis for visitation and/or custody 21% of LGBT population lives in states where recognition of de facto parents is uncertain or may require compelling circumstances for recognition 18% of LGBT population lives in states that do not recognize de facto parents
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Data current as of 07/29/2014