Court upholds right of lesbian couple to name their daughter

Ecuador’s Constitutional Court has upheld a ruling by a Cuenca district court allowing a sixyear- old girl to be named for her lesbian parents. The country’s Civil Registry had appealed the decision, claiming that their rules prohibit a child from having the last names of two women. The Constitutional Court said that, effective immediately, the legal name of the girl is Satya Bicknell Rothan, after her parents, Helen Bicknell and Nicole Rothan. Conceived through artificial insemination, Satya was born in 2011 in Pichincha Province. When Bicknell and Rothan, British nationals but legal residents of Ecuador, requested a birth certificate from…

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