Venezuela Issues First Birth Certificate Recognizing Same-Sex Couple as Child's Legal Parents

Venezuela Issues First Birth Certificate Recognizing Same-Sex Couple as Child's Legal Parents

The National Electoral Council in Venezuela (CNE) issued its first birth certificate recognizing a lesbian couple as the legal parents of a child.

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"We are executing this sentence… which validates double maternal parentage for the first time in Venezuela," Azize Azán, the CNE Registration Commission’s National Registry Office director, said.

The issuing follows a historic Supreme Court decision in December that ruled that children of same-sex married couples are entitled to the full rights guaranteed by the country's constitution.

The child's parents, Migdelis Miranda and Giniveth Soto, wed in Argentina in 2011, where Miranda also gave birth to their son, Salvador, in vitro with Soto’s fertilized ovum.

Upon returning to Venezuela, where same-sex marriage is not legally recognized, the couple could not register their child.

Their story, unfortunately, gets more tragic before the notable LGBTQ win.

In 2014, Soto, who had become a prominent advocate for same-sex marriage in the country, was "brutally murdered" while working as a taxi driver, prompting her family to file custody for the child and remove Miranda from all the property she shared with her spouse and son. Miranda, refusing to give up her child, moved back to Argentina, where she was legally recognized as the boy's mother.

The case gained national attention, making it all the way to the high court, where the major victory for same-sex couples in Venezuela was made.

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Today, by order of the judicial body, the child bears the last names of both of his mothers in Venezuela’s civil registry.

(h/t Venezuela Analysis)