State Department Drops Appeals Against Citizenship For Children Of Gay Couples Born To Surrogates Overseas

Reuters reports:

The U.S. State Department backed down this week from legal battles over the citizenship of gay couples’ children who were born to surrogates overseas.

The government withdrew its appeals without making any public comment in the cases of a family whose daughter had been born to a surrogate in Canada and a family whose daughter was born to a surrogate in England.

The gay couples had sued the State Department, claiming that their sexuality had led to the rejection of their children’s applications for passports. The cases challenged the State Department policy recognizing surrogacy agreements, rules that apply to both straight and gay couples but that they claimed were targeted at same-sex couples.