Judge slams parents for putting their interests ahead of their children
Friday, October 21st, 2011
Two same-sex couples who are contesting custody over two young girls have put their own wishes ahead of the welfare the children involved, according to a leading UK family judge.
Mr Justice Hedley was speaking in the High Court in a case in which a gay man and his lover took the lesbian mother of his children and her partner to court for access rights. The case is similar to an Irish case in which a gay man, who acted as a sperm donor for a lesbian couple, sought access to his child. In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that the father should be given access rights.
The parents involved in the UK case were the mother of the two children and her lesbian civil partner, now aged 45 and 44 respectively, and the biological father of the girls and his long-standing gay partner, aged 50 and 41, according to a Daily Mail report. Their names, and the names of the children, were kept secret under the ruling, which was published last week.
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