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Judge overrules government to grant US citizenship to son of gay parents

Judge overrules government to grant US citizenship to son of gay parents

Judge overrules government to grant US citizenship to son of gay parents

A federal judge has granted US citizenship to the twin son of gay parents in a defeat to the government.

The ruling in Los Angeles, California said the US State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to Ethan Dvash-Banks, whose parents are both Israeli and American. Previously they only granted citizenship to his twin brother.

District Judge John F. Walter said US law does not require a child a biological relationship with their parents if they were married at the time.

The two boys were conceived from donor eggs and the sperm from a different father. Both were born minutes apart from the same surrogate mother.

However, the government only granted citizenship to son Aiden, who shared DNA with the American father, Andrew. The other son shared DNA with their Israeli father, Elad.

Blood is not relevant

Aaron C Morris, executive director of Immigration Equality, helped fight against the ruling – saying it discriminated against the couple because they are gay.

He told the BBC: ‘They were living with a child that was basically considered to be undocumented and now they have proof from a federal judge that he is a citizen just like his brother.

‘Its more than ridiculous, it’s almost perverse.

‘It was so absurd and unnecessary, and the government never explained why they were construing the statue in this way.’

The state department countered claims of discrimination by pointing to the guidance on their website. It says ‘a child abroad must be biologically related to a US parent’ to be granted US citizenship.

Originally, the couple chose not to reveal which child was born from which biological material. But they eventually consented after a series of questions from consular officials.

Judge John F Walter ruled on Thursday (21 February) the state department wrongly interpreted the statue and blood is not relevant. The marital status of the couple was enough to grant citizenship to both sons.

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https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/councillor-backs-muslim-parents-protesting-school-for-teaching-lgbti-issues/#gs.M3cJbVRT

https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/boy-eraseds-joel-edgertons-advice-to-parents-struggling-to-accept-lgbti-kids/#gs.PUdohFV6