Southeast Asia | Gay couple wins custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

Gay couple wins custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

April 26, 2016 7:34 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AP)

A same-sex American-Spanish couple won a high-profile custody battle Tuesday against a surrogate mother in Thailand who gave birth to their child but then decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay.

Spaniard Manuel Santos raises victory signs after leaving the Central Juvenile and Family Court in Bangkok on April 26
Spaniard Manuel Santos raises victory signs after leaving the Central Juvenile and Family Court in Bangkok on April 26

Bangkok’s Juvenile and Family Court ruled that the legal guardian of the 15-month-old child, named Carmen, is her American biological father, Gordon Lake, said Lake’s lawyer Rachapol Sirikulchit.

‘The court has granted legal custody of Carmen Lake to Gordon Lake, my client, and (said) that my client is her only guardian,’ Rachapol said.

Lake and his partner, Spaniard Manuel Santos, both 41, have been stuck in Thailand since launching their legal battle after Carmen was born in January 2015.

Santos emerged from the court smiling and with tears in his eyes.

‘We won,’ he told reporters. ‘We are really happy. … This nightmare is going to end soon.’

‘After 15 months, Carmen will fly to Spain,’ where the couple lives, Santos said. Read More

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