Growing Generations Applauds Historic Ruling Striking Down Anti-Gay Proposition 8 and Paving the Way for Marriage Equality

“This is a day we have all dreamed of and while our mission over the years has expanded to include all family types, this victory will provide the first steps at equality for our gay and lesbian families who are the foundation of our company’s history,” said Growing Generations Co-Owner Dr. Kim Bergman. “Both gay and straight families can celebrate this victory as it makes the United States one step closer to true civil rights for all of its citizens.”

The case has national ramifications as it will be appealed and eventually be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court creating the possibility of marriage equality for gay and lesbian families in every state in the United States. It will also provide critical rights and access to a myriad of federal benefits available to straight couples with children but denied to gay couples with children including federal pensions and social security benefits for spouses.

“As a gay father, I am so thrilled that the case went this way and the forward momentum it gives the cause for justice,” noted Growing Generations Co-Owner Stuart Miller. “For all of the families we have helped create as well as all of the other gay and lesbian families, this will be a day that is remembered and celebrated for decades to come.”

Growing Generations provides financial support to a wide array of progressive non-profit organizations that support marriage equality and its owners serve on the Boards of the Family Equality Council and the American Fertility Association.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.