Stranded Surrogate Baby Reunited With Belgian Gay Parents

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 22 2011 1:20 PM ET

A baby born to a surrogate mother in the Ukraine, and then stranded there for two years by bureaucratic red tape, will soon be allowed entry into Belgium to join his parents, a gay married couple.

After two years of legal battles, Peter Meurrens, one member of the couple, told The Associated Press his son, Samuel Ghilain, had been issued a Belgian passport Monday. The child had been living in an orphanage in Lviv, Ukraine.

The parents last saw him more than one year ago.

The child is the biological son of Meurrens’ husband, Laurent Ghilain. The Belgian Foreign Ministry's decision to issue the passport comes after a court decided bureaucrats had erred in saying the boy was entitled to the document.

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