Tuesday, 25 January 2011 01:14

Gay Parenting Rights Reconized

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Supreme Court of Connecticut gives parental rights to a gay couple which used a substitute to give birth to their children. This opens possibilities for all couples using surrogates.

Anthony and Shawn Raftopol get married in 2008 in Massachusetts. With the birth of their twins, Anthony, the biological father, saw his parental rights recognized. However, when they asked the birth certificate, they were told that it did not have any legal claim to the children.

ABC News reports that "the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled this week that Shawn Raftopol, 40, has parenting rights, even though he is not the biological father, because the couple had a valid surrogacy agreement. The court rejected the state’s argument that the co-parent would have to go through a second-parent adoption proceeding in order to be listed on the birth certificates. The decision will have far-reaching ramifications for other couples — gay and straight — who choose to have their children through surrogacy."

The birth certificate will now have the two names written.