Same-Sex Couples Same Rules
New rules have emerged for same-sex couples undergoing fertility treatment. The new law permits both names of parents to be on the child's birth certificate (which is the same for heterosexual couples). The Press Association reported, "The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said the change removed some of the obstacles lesbian couples and single women faced when trying to get access to fertility treatment. The law states that, for married couples, the husband is automatically recognised as the legal father and this will remain the case, but from now the same principle also applies to lesbian civil partners." This shows huge progress in the field of fertility laws in the UK. Many other western nations are hoping to follow on the same path as the UK. This actually allows for equal rights for lesbian partners.