The European Court of Human Rights has declared inadmissible the appeals brought against Italy relating to the refusal to transcribe birth certificates drawn up abroad with recourse to the practice of gestation for others, and to the refusal of a second mother in the case of children born in Italy with the technique of medically assisted procreation. A circular issued today by the Interior Ministry’s Department for Internal Affairs explains that the Strasbourg court, while confirming the need to recognize the relationship between the minor and the “parent of intent”, reiterated that it falls within the scope of the discretion of each State the choice of the means by which to achieve this result, among which is the adoption of the minor.
In particular – the circular continues – the Court noted that, with reference to the desire to see a bond between the child and the intended parent recognised, Italy does not violate the obligations deriving from the Convention on human rights, since the Italian legal system recognizes the possibility of having recourse to adoption in particular cases.
Mayors do not stop on children of homoparental couples
Meanwhile in Italy the “disobedience” of some mayors on the registry transcripts of the children of same-parent couples does not stop, also strengthened by Europe’s call to minister Piantedosi’s circular, issued in fact to block them. This time it was the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella who chose this path. The mayor signed in Palazzo Vecchio the acknowledgment of a three-month-old baby, the son of two Florentine women. The same municipality already recognized the little sister a few years ago. On Thursday, the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Savona had recognized two mothers as parents of a child registered at birth on March 28 by the mayor of the Ligurian city, Marco Russo. And in the aftermath of Pride in the capital, last June 9, the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri had transcribed the first two foreign birth certificates of the children of two mothers, defining it as a “normal, fair, dutiful and fully legitimate” event. It was a boy born in France to Italian and French mothers and a girl born in England to an Italian-English mother. The list of pro-transcription mayors is long, ranging from that of Milan Giuseppe Sala to the president of Anci and mayor of Bari Antonio Decaro who are asking Parliament “to legislate on this matter”.