Battling over birth certificate

NO SOLUTION: As yet to obtaining a birth certificate for their baby.

THE Denia Civil Registry has refused to register the birth of a baby because the parents are both women.

Brenda Kelleher and Maria Jose Torres, who married in 2007 and have two other children, have triggered a bureaucratic nightmare since the birth of their son at the Denia Marina Salud hospital earlier in the year.

The family, who live in Benidoleig need a health card (SIP) for the baby but have only been granted a temporary 15- day one having to return to the social security department to see if they have found a solution to the problem when it expires.

Brenda, who gave birth to their son Lennon, is an Irish national but has the same difficulty registering the birth in her home country as Ireland also does not recognise two mothers.

Jose Maria Zaragoaá, of the Civil Registry has demanded that the mothers provide an assisted reproduction report arguing that the recognition of the two mothers was not based on a biological connection.

The two mothers have appealed to the General Directorate of Registries and Notaries, saying that no heterosexual couple is asked to prove how their child was conceived and that they are being discriminated against.

The family are being supported by LGBTI groups who are drafting a bill of equality and non-discrimination which explicitly recognises the affiliation of the two mothers.

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