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Connecticut Supreme Court Grants Surrogate Gay Couple Parenting Rights

January 23, 2011

Anthony and Shawn Raftopol

 

A great victory for all surrogate parents….

 

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a gay couple who were denied parental rights by the state after they used a surrogate to give birth to their child.

The court’s decision is being hailed as a victory for both same-sex couples and any other parents that use surrogates.

Anthony and Shawn Raftopol were legally married in Massachusetts in 2008, and used a surrogate to give birth to their twins, Sebastiaan and Lukas, now 2. Because Anthony, 41, was the biological father, he had full parental rights. But when the couple tried to obtain a birth certificate, also naming Shawn, they were told he had no legal claim to the children.

via Connecticut ruling grants gay couple parenting rights in surrogacy case – LGBTQ Nation.

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