The children, now aged seven, were born to a surrogate mother in Canada through artificial insemination and neither they nor their fathers have been identified.
In their decision, the judges said in Italy parental relationships should not be determined only by the biological link.
“On the contrary, one must consider the importance of parental responsibility, which is manifested in the conscious decision to raise and care for the child,” they said.
Details of the decision were published on Tuesday on Article 29, a website that refers to an article regarding family in the Italian Constitution.
It said the decision made on February 23 had “great significance”, as it is the first time an Italian court has ruled that a child has two fathers, while also recognising the need to safeguard the needs of the child.
“This is a recognition of full parenthood, in other words, not adoption,” said the couple’s lawyer, Alexander Schuster. “It has …
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