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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 18:21

An Archdeacons Of The Portsmouth Diocese Allows Two Lesbian Moms To Register As 'Mother' And 'Mother' On Their Child's Baptism

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Diocese of PortsmouthAimi Leggett and Victoria Leggett, a British lesbian couple, initially found themselves refused the possibility of having their two names registered on their child's baptism by a vicar.

Aimi and Victoria have been together for four years and in a civil union. Aimi gave birth to the child, a court then granted the parental rights to Victoria and an official adoption is in hand.

They wanted their child to be baptized and logically be regarded both as his mother but, according to The Guardian, the Rev George Gebauer argued that it would be illegal for both women to be recorded as the one-year-old boy's mother even though both have legal parental responsibility.

He went on to say he felt sorry for gay and lesbian people. "They produce too much hormone — they're imbalanced," he said. "That's the way they are. It's a medical issue."

The only solution suggested by the vicar was that one of the mothers is regarded as the godmother of the child.

"There was no way one of us was going to be listed as the godparent. We are both Alfie's mum," Aimi said.

For once, the end was positive. One of the archdeacons of the Portsmouth diocese decided to grant the right to Aimi and Victoria to appear both as mothers.

He said: "Having spoken to Aimi Leggett, I'm pleased to report that the baptism of Alfie will go ahead at St Mary's church. We have addressed the legal issue.

"As I understand it, her partner, Victoria, has full legal co-parental responsibility for Alfie. We can therefore enter their details on to the baptism register as 'mother' and 'mother', as they would like."


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