Male same-sex couples are losing out on paid parental leave, according to a new study.
Mixed-sex couples and same-sex female parents have it much better, researchers have said.
They looked at the length of maternity, paternity and shared parental leave in 34 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries and whether policies were worded in ways that included or excluded same-sex couples.
In 33 countries, excluding the US which offers no paid leave for new parents, researchers found same-sex female couples received equal amounts of paid leave to mixed-sex couples in 19 nations.
Same-sex male couples got equal amounts of leave in only four.
The duration of paid leave varied greatly, with mixed-sex couples receiving between 13 and 184 weeks.
Same-sex female couples had between 12 and 164 weeks, and same-sex male couples entitlement was from zero to 156 weeks.
Study leader Elizabeth Wong, from the University of California in Los Angeles, said: Many of the differences we found may be the indirect consequences of gender-restrictive language that assumes women are the primary caregivers and that every family has one mother and one father.
These assumptions often undervalue the importance of fathers involvement.
When they do, same-sex male couples and male partners of mothers are the most disadvantaged.
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