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Daughters of gay couple denied entry to Namibia

daughters of gay couple denied entry to Namibia

Daughters of gay couple denied entry to Namibia

A Namibian court has refused to issue a gay man emergency travel

documents so that he can bring home his twin daughters from

South Africa where they were born by surrogate.

The authorities say Phillip Lühl must show genetic proof

that he is their father before they can travel.

daughters of gay couple denied entry to Namibia
Daughters of gay couple denied entry to Namibia
Mr Lühl, 38, and his Mexican husband Guillermo Delgado say this

is discriminatory. Both fathers’ names are on the babies’ birth certificates.

Mr Lühl, a university lecturer and Namibian citizen, has argued that

the paternity test being demanded of him would not be required

from a single mother or heterosexual couple. He told

the BBC his daughters were currently “stateless”.

Sexual contact between males is forbidden in Namibia but the

law is rarely enforced.

Neighbouring South Africa meanwhile  where the couple got married

was the first country in the world to use its constitution to outlaw

discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation back in 1996.

Mr Delgado is in Namibia with the couple’s two-year-old son,

while Mr Lühl is stuck in Johannesburg with the girls who are

five weeks old. The BBC’s Nomsa Maseko in Johannesburg says

more details of the Namibian judge’s ruling are to be made public

later on Monday.

Namibia’s government said in March that the home affairs minister

“did not agree to a request to issue the twins Namibian travel documents,

because their entitlement to Namibian citizenship by descent had

not been determined”. Before Windhoek High Court’s ruling on Monday,

LGBTQ activists had decried the government’s stance and a number

of Mr Lühl’s supporters took part in street protests a month ago.

He spoke of his frustration at the time from South Africa:

The couple have another ongoing case in Namibia, where they

are seeking citizenship for their two-year-old son, born

to the same surrogate in South Africa.

They say there is a possibility they will appeal against the

judgement once it has been reviewed by their lawyers.

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