Namibia: Precedent for Same-Sex Couples, Rights of Children in Citizenship Ruling
Source: The Namibian (Windhoek)
By Arlana Shikongo
THE Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) says a recent High Court judgement confirming the Namibian citizenship by descent of a child born through surrogacy to a same-sex couple is progressive and demonstrates that the courts are taking cognisance of children’s rights.
« Protection of the child, we can see now, that that’s paramount and that’s a major step. It’s a whole new ball game, » LAC director Toni Hancox told The Namibian.
Hancox said it has also brought the aspect of parenting for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community to the fore.
Furthermore, she said this is the first time an issue of this nature has been before the courts.
« Even though the Lühl matter was about citizenship, it has really brought parenting for the LGBTQI+ community into the limelight. It’s something that we’ll start talking about, » she said.
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