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Gay couple hail ‘huge win’ in battle over children’s Namibian citizenship

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WINDHOEK, Oct 13 (Reuters) – A Namibian court docket dominated on Wednesday that the son of a homosexual couple, born through surrogacy in South Africa in 2019, is a Namibian citizen by descent, in a call hailed as “big win” for same-sex {couples}.

In a check case for Namibia, High Court Judge Thomas Masuku dominated {that a} paternity check isn’t wanted to show that Yona Luhl-Delgado is the son of Namibian Phillip Luhl and his Mexican husband, Guillermo Delgado.

“This is a big win for same sex couples and especially a big win for Namibian children born outside Namibia by way of surrogacy,” the couple’s lawyer, Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile, advised reporters following the judgement.

Yona and his twin sisters, who’re additionally battling to acquire Namibian citizenship in a separate case, have been all born through surrogacy in South Africa.

Judge Masuku ordered the ministry of dwelling affairs and immigration to pay the couple’s prices and difficulty nationwide paperwork to Yona inside 30 days.

In a serious climbdown in May, the Namibian authorities issued emergency journey paperwork to the dual daughters Maya and Paula, who have been born in March. The papers allowed them to enter Namibia, however not depart. learn extra

Namibia’s authorized system doesn’t recognise same-sex marriages and criminalises sexual contact between males, although the legislation is seldom enforced.

Luhl advised reporters exterior the court docket that the couple was proud of the ruling.

“This is a step in the right direction,” he mentioned.

Reporting by Nyasha Francis Nyaungwa; Editing by Giles Elgood

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Namibian citizen Phillip Luhl holds one of his twin daughters as he speaks to his Mexican husband Guillermo Delgado via Zoom meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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