Surrogacy: Thai Juvenile Court to hear 'Carmen' case

Surrogacy: Thai Juvenile Court to hear 'Carmen' case
Mr Gordon Lake with baby Carmen who was delivered via Thai surrogate, Patidta Kusolsang. Mr Lake and his husband are fighting for parental rights over Carmen, which Ms Patidta refuses to cede.
PHOTO: Gordon Lake

THAILAND - The Central Juvenile Court yesterday accepted the "Carmen" surrogacy case, and said it will start hearing witness testimonies next year.

American Gordon Allan Lake, the biological father of Carmen, a baby girl conceived via a Thai surrogate, and his Spanish husband Manuel Valero are suing the surrogate over the right to raise the child.

The Juvenile Court is scheduled to start proceedings in the case in March.

It will require both parties to undergo DNA tests.

Gordon revealed after the court session that he and his family have already stayed in the country for more than 10 months fighting for the right to raise Carmen.

"We are very sad today, even though we know we will win in the end because we did not do anything wrong and because Carmen loves us and we love Carmen and common sense will win and our family will be recognised," he said.

The case became public when the surrogate, "Oil", asked the authorities to prevent the gay couple from leaving the country with Carmen and asked for the right to raise her.

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