Italian court recognises gay parents

An Italian court has ruled that two gay partners should be legally recognised as the fathers of two surrogate children.

In a landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal in the northern city of Trento decided that both men can be officially named as the father, not just the parent who is biologically related.

The judges said in Italy parental relationships should not be determined only by the biological link. “On the contrary, one must consider the importance of parental responsibility, which is manifested in the conscious decision to raise and care for the child.”