Connecticut Court Rules In Favor Of Couples Who Use Surrogates

Posted By on January 21, 2011

Connecticut – The State Supreme Court ruled in favor of two fathers who were denied parental rights by the state after they used a surrogate to give birth to their child. This is being hailed as a huge win for both same sex couples and any other parents that use surrogates.

Anthony and Shawn Raftopol were legally married in Massachusettes, and 2 years ago decided to have a child by means of a surrogate. When the twins was born, Anthony was automatically listed as the baby’s biological father, but the state denied Shawn being listed unless he went through a 2nd-parent adoption procedure. Now, after a 2 year legal battle, the Raftopol’s have finally been given the right to have Shawn listed as the parent of their two children.

Truth Wins Out:

But the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled this week that Shawn Raftopol, 40, has parenting rights, even thought he is not the biological father, because the couple had a valid surrogacy agreement.

The court rejected the state’s argument that the co-parent would have to go through a second-parent adoption proceeding in order to be listed on the birth certificates.

The decision will have far-reaching ramifications for other couples — gay and straight — who choose to have their children through surrogacy.

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