Thursday, May 29, 2014

[Australia - Queensland] "Gay couple will both be listed as child's parents"

This is an interesting case from Queensland.  The law in most states now recognises the lesbian partner of the birth mother as the other legal parent (provided they were together and consenting at the conception - IVF/DIY).  What is interesting here, is the donor's name was removed from the birth certificate.  Arguably, it probably should never have been on it in the first place seeing the law only recognises him as a donor.  Hope they all do the right thing by the children and work out any differences.

A Queensland man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple will have his name removed from their children's birth certificates in a first for the state.

The biological mother's de facto partner will instead be listed as a parent under recent changes to state laws that give more rights to same-sex couples.

The case is a first for Queensland, after the couple applied to the Supreme Court in March to both be recognised as legal parents and have the two children's birth certificates reflect this.

None of the people involved can be named under laws that protect the children.
They were conceived through artificial insemination before the Surrogacy Act 2010 commenced, according to the Supreme Court judgment published on Thursday.

Under the old laws the mother's female de facto partner of 20 years wasn't recognised as their parent.

Read more at NineMSN

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