FDP Supports Legal Equality for Lesbian Mothers Free Press

Federal Attorney General Bushman wants to establish rules so that children have a legally secure relationship with both parents from birth. A bill is expected to be introduced later this year.

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Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann wants many same-sex couples to be able to legally recognize both women as mothers after the birth of a child.

“We want to set rules so that children have a legally secure relationship with both parents from birth – and no one should feel like a second-rate parent,” the FDP politician told Funke Media Group newspapers. He is “confident” that there will be a similar bill this year.

First of all, a modern legal framework for “uncomplicated cases” must be established. This applies, for example, to deliveries after donating sperm. “In this case, it’s pretty clear: The sperm donor doesn’t want to be involved in the upbringing,” Buschmann said. Then the equality between the biological mother and the partner is obvious. “It’s a good thing the law recognizes parents. I can’t see anything revolutionary in that,” he continues to the Funke media group.

Bushman acknowledged that for other cases in which same-sex couples have children, there is still a need for debate in the federal government. “Not all cases can be grouped together.” The Greens welcomed Bushman’s announcement, but cautioned that “new borders” should not be drawn. For the sake of children, Green Party legal expert Helge Limburg said on Saturday that all children should be given equal legal rights, regardless of pregnancy.

‘Not all cases can be put together’

Bushman acknowledged that for other cases in which same-sex couples have children, there is still a need for debate in the federal government. “Not all cases can be grouped together.” In the case of same-sex couples, the partner who had not yet given birth to the same child was able to gain parental authority through the adoption process.

In the coalition agreement, the Social Democrats, the Greens, and the Free Democratic Party agreed to reforms in the family law. Agreements regarding legal paternity, parental custody, access and maintenance rights must be possible prior to conception. “When a child is born in the marriage of two women, both are automatically the legal mother of the child, unless otherwise agreed.” Nor should marriage be a decisive criterion for the adoption of minor children. Acknowledgment of paternity must also be possible outside marriage, regardless of the person’s recognized gender or divorce proceedings. (dpa)

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