Gay family recognised by state in Ecuador in historic decision
A seven-year-old girl will be registered with both surnames of her two mothers in Ecuador, in a move hailed by campaigners as step forward for the recognition of LGBT families in the country.
The Constitutional Court in Ecuador ordered the Civil Registry office to register Satya Amani Bicknell Rothon, the daughter of couple Helen Bicknell and Nicola Rothon.
The case had been ongoing since September 2012.
At a press conference after the decision, Bicknell said: “We knew we were going to win but we did not know when.
“This is the result of a collective effort,” she added.
One of the lawyer’s involved in the case, Jose Luis Guerra, said failing to register the child’s name was in violation of her rights, TeleSUR English reported.
Guerra added the move was significant in recognising the diversity of families in Ecuador.
Ecuador’s Constitutional Tribunal repealed the law that criminalised same-sex sexual relations between consenting adults in 1997.
Yolanda Herrera, an Ecuadorian lawyer with a focus on LGBT rights, told TeleSUR English that there are still issues around adoption and surrogacy despite the recognition of civil unions.
by Lydia Smith, PinkNew.co.uk, May 31, 2018
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