An Italian court ruled that same-sex parents have the right not to be labeled “mother” or “father” on the ID paperwork of their children.A judge in Rome ruled in favor of a lesbian couple who had launched a legal challenge against the regulations for IDs for minors, Reuters reports.Parents or legal guardians must be referenced in those documents and until 2019 they were identified as “parents.” However, when the new far-right Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni was the interior minister, the rule was changed to require a list for “father” and “mother.”In the Rome case, one of the women had given birth to a girl who was adopted by the woman’s partner.
They were legally recognized as the girl’s parents.The judge said that forcing one of them to be labeled “father” didn’t make sense, according to Reuters.While the decision came in September, it was only recently publicized by the LGBTQ+ rights group Famiglie Arcobaleno (Rainbow Families).The news wire notes that this ruling applies to only this case."Until the law is changed, it is up to the initiative of individuals" to challenge the ID requirements, Egizia Mondini, a spokeswoman for Famiglie Arcobaleno said, Reuters reports.It’s a ruling that goes against Italy’s new right-wing government.
A statement from Meloni’s office said the case would be examined and that the ruling “presents obvious implementation problems” and “puts at risk” the current ID system.Meloni is Italy’s first woman leader and heads its most conservative government since World War II.
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