Gay couple hail ‘big win’ in battle over children’s Namibian citizenship

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10/13/21

Namibian court ruled on Wednesday that the son of a gay couple, born via surrogacy in South Africa in 2019, is a Namibian citizen by descent, in a decision hailed as “big win” for same-sex couples. In a test case for Namibia, High Court Judge Thomas Masuku ruled that a paternity test is not needed to prove that Yona Luhl-Delgado is the son of Namibian Phillip Luhl and his Mexican husband, Guillermo Delgado. “This is a big win for same sex couples and especially a big win for Namibian children born outside Namibia by way of surrogacy,” the couple’s lawyer, Uno Katjipuka-Sibolile, told reporters following the judgement. Yona and his twin sisters, who are also battling to obtain Namibian citizenship in a separate case, were all born via surrogacy in South Africa. Judge Masuku ordered the ministry of home affairs and immigration to pay the couple’s costs and issue national documents to Yona within 30 days.

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