Italy’s far-right government is using surrogacy to strip LGBTQ+ Italians of their rights

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s far-right government ordered Italian municipalities to stop certifying foreign birth certificates for same-sex couples who had children through surrogacy in other countries, a move that drew condemnation from the European parliament. A number of Pride parades this summer featured challenges to the government’s anti-LGBTQ measures. Meloni’s government continues its attack on the rights of LGBTQ+ Italians by retroactively stripping same-sex parents of their legal connection to their children––including those who formed families using surrogacy.

June/July 2023

Italian parliament approves bill to criminalise surrogacy abroad
Angelia Giuffrida, The Guardian

Italy’s Mounting Attack on Lesbian Parents
Erin Kilbride, Human Rights Watch

Italy according to Giorgia Meloni: no country for non-traditional families
Valérie Gauriat and Davide Lobina, EuroNews

Italy begins stripping lesbian mothers of their parental rights
Molly Sprayregen, LGBTQ Nation

Why gay couples using surrogacy are the latest target for Europe’s far right
John Last, CBC News

How Italy is using surrogacy to erode LGBTQ+ rights
Andrea Carlo, Politico

Italy Wants to Punish Surrogacy With Jail Even If Done Legally
Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg

Rome holds LGBTQ+ Pride parade amid backdrop of Meloni government crackdown on surrogate births
Frances D’Emilio, Yahoo News

Rightwing governor of Lazio region withdraws backing for pride parade
Angelia Giuffrida, The Guardian

March/April 2023