In a landmark decision, an Italian court has legally recognized two men as the fathers of children born via surrogacy.
It’s promising news for same sex couples in Italy who wish to become parents as the case marks the first time two men have been able to claim parental rights to the same child.
The children, now seven years old, were born to a surrogate in Canada in 2010. The fathers do hold a birth certificate naming both as legal parents. An Italian appeals court has upheld that document stating that, in Italy, parentage is not denoted by biological relationships alone. Instead, the judge decreed that parental responsibility and conscious decisions to care for a child must be considered with equal weight.
In previous instances of dual father parentage requests, Italian courts have only recognized the biological father on the birth certificate. Last week’s ruling grants full parentage to both fathers, and is not viewed as an adoption.
Due to current laws, it is illegal for Italian citizens to pay a woman to become a surrogate and carry a child for them. For this reason, many Italian couples choose to look into surrogacy options in the United States.
Growing Generations’ Director of International Relations, Jessica Junyent will be traveling through Europe this spring to meet with new prospective parents and educate them on third party reproduction in the United States. She has plans to visit Barcelona, Paris, and Madrid. Learn more about her trip, here.