Monday, 24 January 2011 16:56

An Australian Gay Couple Won Gay Parenting

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In Australia, a gay couple finally gained the right to be the fathers and that could perhaps change the things into Australia for all the gay and lesbian couples to have children.

The couple had gone to India to find a surrogate mother. According to Herald SunHerald Sun"India is the most popular source of surrogate babies. "200 surrogate babies would be born this year to Indian women, who will charge about $25,000. About 100 babies will come from the US, where the going rate is $150,000-plus, while about 50 will come from Thailand, where the charge is up to $50,000."

Back in Australia with their twin girls, the couple has to face the Australian law about gay parenting.

However, and finally surprising everyone, the court granted the parental rights to the two fathers, the lawyer of the couple, Susan Buchanan declared:

"As a matter of law, the word 'parent' tends to suggest some biological connection, but ... biology does not really matter; it is all about parental responsibility." She then added the ruling could pave the way for other same-sex couples to win full parenting rights.

Sam Everungham, of Australian Families Through Gestational Surrogacy, congratulated the court for this decision: "It's a major step forward having that kind of judgment because it sets a precedent."

Of course, as you can imagine it, everyone was not charmed about the decision taken by the court, as the Catholic ethicist Nicholas Tonti-Filippini who said surrogacy should be discouraged because a "committee of parents" - surrogate, donors and commissioning parents - confused a child's sense of identity.

"Parents don't have rights, they have responsibilities. The crucial thing in all of this is that the courts make decisions in the interest of the child."

 

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