The legal case drew the attention of gay legal groups such as Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, which submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, Connecticut Fertility Associates and New England Fertility Institute.
There is a wide variety among the 50 states regarding surrogacy arrangements and 20 states have yet to address the issue, according to Thomas Ude, senior staff attorney for Lambda Legal.
One of them is New York City where the non-genetic parents must turn to second-parent adoption, which, according to Ude, is "more complicated, time consuming and costly."
"It is a welcome sign of recognition by the Connecticut legislature and Supreme Court that, hopefully,, others will follow, that families are formed in many different ways and the law should reflect that," he said.
"The law hasn't kept up with the advances in reproductive technology advances," Ude said. "And the court made a good note of that. Throughout the country there are a hodge-podge of laws or lack of laws. Connecticut is leading the way."