Two men who famously became Europe’s first formally recognized same-sex parents are now expecting triplets through a surrogate, and hope that the children will make history as the first children to have three parents on their birth certificate.
The Mirror reports that Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and ex-husband Tony, both now in their 50’s, have racked up a £1million fertility bill and already have six children.
The triplets the surrogate is currently carrying include two embryos that have been on ice for over two decades and come from a “clutch” that include three of the couple’s older children, who range in age from 22 to 17.
The third embryo is the biological twin of Barrie and his 26-year-old fiancé, Scott Hutchinson’s 15-month-old daughter. Scott previously dated the Drewitt-Barlow’s oldest daughter, Saffron. The whole family lives together in a Florida mansion so that Tony, Barrie, and Scott can “co-parent.”
“This means if all the babies reach full term, two will be quintuplets of Barrie’s eldest and one will be a twin to his youngest,” The Mirror notes.
“I am as excited about this pregnancy as I was about the first,” Barrie told The Mirror.
“I never thought I would be going down this road again but I’m so in love with Scott and have so enjoyed having Valentina, that when Scott said he’d love to do it again I jumped at the chance. And here we are, pregnant yet again. I love it.”
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In 1999, he and then-partner Tony became Europe’s first same-sex couple to use a surrogate and later fought and secured rights to be listed as “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” on the twin babies’ birth certificates.
Barrie told the outlet that “if I have three children we will have parent one, two and three and I will challenge the law again.”
“This might sound crazy, but I am sure three people’s names will also become the norm one day,” he added.
In the United States, three men made history as the first “throuple” to be listed on a baby’s birth certificate, but this is the first time it may be up for consideration in the United Kingdom.
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