Remember Peter and Laurent, the gay couple who had a son via a Ukrainian surrogate that Belgium would not allow them to bring into the country? We shared their heartbreaking story with you last month.
Their son Samuel was forced to live in a Ukrainian orphanage for two years, because Belgium outlaws surrogacy, and would not permit the parents to bring their own son into the country with them.
Thankfully, this family’s nightmare is poised to come to an end on Saturday. The Belgian government has relented under international criticism, and has issued a passport for baby Samuel. It took two years and $124,050 for this couple to be given legal access to their own child. LGBT rights around the globe need momentous advancement, and while it enrages us to hear that Belgium preferred leaving a baby in an orphanage for years rather than allow his gay parents to raise him, thankfully Peter, Laurent & Samuel’s story will be leading to a change in law in the country.
You can learn more about this family’s struggle in the video below. Press the CC button on the video toolbar for english captions.
Are you relieved to hear baby Samuel is heading home?