April 12, 2021
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Gay man fights to get Namibia to recognise his twins

A Namibian high court is to decide whether a gay man can return home with his twin daughters, who were born to a surrogate mother in neighbouring South Africa.

Phillip Lühl says his daughters are stateless after Namibia’s Ministry of Home Affairs refused to issue emergency travel authorisation papers for them last week.

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Under South Africa’s surrogacy laws, a child born to a surrogate mother takes the citizenship of its parents.

In this case, the twins’ South African birth certificates recognise Mr Lühl and his Mexican husband, Guillermo Delgado, as the parents.

In a sworn affidavit, Mr Lühl says the home affairs ministry asked him to prove that the children were his.

He believes this was done because of his same-sex marriage, a move he believes is discriminatory.

Moreover, he says, the Namibian constitution does not require a biological link for citizenship by descent between parents and their children.

Same-sex relationships are illegal in Namibia, though those involved in one are not prosecuted.

There are also no specific legal guidelines regarding surrogacy in Namibia.

Activists have planned a march outside the high court on Thursday to protest at what they say is inequality against members of LGBTQ community.

Source: Ghana News

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