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‘A baby cannot have two mothers’: law leaves toddler in stateless limbo

Gay couple fights for Bulgarian citizenship for their child, who will be stateless if their union is not recognised

Emma Batha

A baby left without a nationality after she was born in Spain to a same-sex couple from Bulgaria and Gibraltar is at the centre of a test case that began in the EU’s top court on Tuesday.

Lawyers say Bulgaria has put one-year-old “Baby S” at risk of prolonged statelessness after refusing to provide a birth certificate and citizenship because of discrimination towards her parents’ sexual orientation.

The hearing at the Luxembourg-based court is being seen as an important test case for many other so-called “rainbow families” in Europe who face similar dilemmas...

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