In BIA decision 3020 ( matter of Garcia ) the following is quoted:- Under the New Jersey Parentage Act, effective May 21, 1983, all children and parents have equal rights with respect to each other regardless of the marital status of the parents. N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 9:17-38 to -59 (West 1983). Matter of Clarke, 18 I&N Dec. 369 (BIA 1983), modified. The New Jersey law referred to is :- 9:17- 40 “The parent and child relationship extends equally to every child and to every parent, regardless of the marital status of the parents.” The above law is based on the model law, the “Uniform Parentage Act” as adopted by various States, including:- Washington, RCW 26.26.020 “The parent and child relationship extends equally to every child and to every parent, regardless of the marital status of the parents.” (1976) In Washington State, the intent of the law was explained by quoting Sheila Malloy‘s, “Washington’s Parentage Act : A step forward in Children‘s rights:- MILLER v. SYBOUTS 97 Wn.2d 445, 645 P.2d 1082 The Uniform Parentage Act was enacted in 1976 with the primary goal of equalizing the rights of all children, regardless of the marital status of the parents. As per the foreign affairs manual of the United States :- 7 FAM 1133.4-2 Birth Out of Wedlock to American Father. Some states and countries grant all children equal rights, regardless of the parent's marital status. In such cases, the child may be considered to have established paternity by legitimation under old 309(a) if the blood relationship between the father and child was established before the child's 21st birthday, and the law concerning the equality of all children was in effect before the child's 21st birthday. From BIA INTERIM DECISION 3328:- 1/ This definition was derived from the commonly accepted definition of legitimation (the act of putting an illegitimate child in the position or state of a legitimate child before the law by legal means) and from prior court cases such as Pfeifer v. Wright, 41 F.2d 464 (10th Cir. 1930). Matter of Reyes, supra. In Pfeifer v. Wright, the court stated that a legitimated child is one placed "in all respects upon the same footing as if begotten and born in wedlock," and his or her "civil and social status becomes that of a lawful child of the natural father, and the child and father thereafter stand[ing] in their relations to each other as though the birth had been during wedlock." Pfeifer v. Wright, supra, at 466 (emphasis added). So considering BIA decision 3020, interim decision 3328, New Jersey law 9 :17-40 and 7 FAM 1133.4. Is “legitimation” provided by Washington RCW 26.26.020?