WINDHOEK, October 13 (Hfrance.fr) - A Namibian court asThe son of a same-sex couple, born in South Africa through surrogacy in 2019, was tattooed on Wednesday as a Namibian citizen by descent, in a move hailed as a "big win " for same-sex couples.
In a test case for Namibia, High Court Judge Thomas Masuku ruled that a paternity test is not necessary to prove that Yona Luhl-Delgado is the son of Namibian Phillip Luhl and her Mexican husband, Guillermo Delgado.
"This is a big win for couples in same sex and above all a big victory for Namibian children born outside Namibia through surrogacy, "the couple 's lawyer, Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile, told reporters after the judgment.
Yona and her twin sisters, who are also fighting for Namibian citizenship in a separate case, were all bornsurrogacy in South Africa.
Judge Masuku ordered the m Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to pay the couple fees and issue national documents to Yona within 30 days.
In a significant drop in May, the Namibian government issued travel documents emergency to the twins Maya and Paula, born in March. The papers allowed them to enter Namibia, but not to leave it. learn more
Namibia's legal system does not recognize same-sex marriages and criminalizes sexual contact between men, although the law is rarely enforced.
Luhl told reporters outside the court that the couple were happy with the decision.
"This is a step in the right direction, " he said. Report by Nyasha Francis Nyaungwa; Edited by Giles Elgood
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