TURIN, Italy — A court in Italy has, for the first time, recognized the legal status of a child born to a same-sex couple, challenging the country’s official stance on marriage only being between a man and a woman.
Reuters reports that the appeals court in Turin ruled that the birth of the child, conceived by artificial insemination and born in Barcelona to a Spanish and Italian lesbian couple, should be transcribed into the official records of the town where the Italian woman lives.
The ruling gives Italian citizenship to the child, who was born in 2011, and means the child can come to Italy to be with the mother, who is now divorced from her Spanish ex-wife.
Same sex marriage is legal in Spain and a court in Barcelona has given joint custody to both women.
In Italy, where the Roman Catholic church still has a great influence on politics, does not allow gay marriage or civil partnerships but in recent months some courts and town councils have begun to recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad.