In landmark ruling, Italy recognises gay couple as dads to surrogate babies

For the first time in Italy, two gay partners have been legally recognised as fathers of two surrogate children.

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The children were born to a surrogate mother in the United States using artificial insemination, but both of the men will officially be named as its father – not just the parent who is biologically related.

Judges at Trento’s Court of Appeal made the historic ruling in line with the birth certificate issued in the U.S, which stated the dual paternity, according to the Article 29 website.

The website, which takes its name from the article in the Italian Constitution regarding family life, published the ruling on Tuesday, though the ruling was dated February 23rd.

In their decision, judges noted that the foreign birth certificate was valid because in Italy parental relationships are not determined solely by biological relationships.

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