A gay couple who fathered children via surrogacy in England are making gay blog headlines by opening a center to help other hopeful parents through the process. Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow are the parents of five children, and are opening two branches of The British Surrogacy Agency in Maldon and San Francisco. You can imagine that a good deal of legal ramifications and mountains of paperwork go along with a gay couple paying a woman to carry their child.
“Like any first, we have taken most of the criticism and the flak, which will make it easier for anyone else taking this pathway to parenthood. There are many gay parents now in the UK thanks to the measures we took over a decade ago”, says Barrie.
Elton John and David Furnish’s recent fatherhood via surrogacy certainly adds to the field’s spotlight.
This sort of pioneering work will obviously go a long way in normalizing gay families. Let’s also remind our elected representatives to get around to legalizing gay adoption in areas of the world preventing it. There’s more than one way to make a family, after all.
Would you ever use a surrogate to have a child?