Italy does not legally allow to register same-sex parents

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Italy’s highest court of appeal ruled on May 8th not allowing a same-sex couple to be legally registered as co-parents of their two kids. The couple from the northern Italy city of Trento, who have not been identified, had their children in Canada with the help of an egg donor and a surrogate. Both men are named as fathers on the children’s birth certificates but the court ruled that the non-biological father will have to legally adopt a child. Alexander Schuster, a lawyer who helped to represent the family, says the decision left them deeply disappointed and the surrogacy laws in Italy are already cruel (as it is not legal even for heterosexual couples with medically confirmed infertility). According to The Local, Schuster also said that the family had a “high probability of success” if they took their case to the European Court of Human Rights. The ruling may be in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, specifically Article 8 (which grants the right to privacy and family life) and Article 14 (which establishes the prohibition against discrimination).

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