A lesbian couple who had a child through sperm donation have become the first gay couple to both be named on their child’s birth certificate. Natalie Woods, 38, and Elizabeth Knowles, 47, from Brighton, are the first to take advantage of new legislation granting gay parents the right.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2008 removes the words ‘mother’ and ‘father’ from the birth certificate and instead gives spaces for the names of two parents. Their daughter, Lily-May Betty Woods, was born to Ms Woods, who works for Brighton’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Switchboard. She was conceived using a registered sperm donor.


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