Two mums legal

November 4, 2007

THE concept of a two-mother family is to be enshrined.

The Human Tissues and Embryos Bill will give both women in a lesbian relationship the legal status of parents when one of them gives birth following fertility treatment.

This marks a historic change in how a family is legally defined.

The change was condemned by family campaigners as a "dangerous social experiment" but supporters said it was "'logical and just".

The bill says that where two women are in a relationship and one has fertility treatment to conceive then the partner should be treated as the other "parent".

In those circumstances no man - such as the sperm donor - can be treated as a father, the Bill says.