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Children should no longer be forced to have their father’s surname in Italy: NPR

Pope Francis caresses a child in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, Friday, April 8, 2022. The Italian Congress court ruled that children should have both parents’ surnames at birth, not just the father’s.

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Pope Francis caresses a child in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, Friday, April 8, 2022. The Italian Congress court ruled that children should have both parents’ surnames at birth, not just the father’s.

Alessandra Tarantino / AP

The long-standing tradition of a child automatically inheriting the father’s surname may soon end in Italy.

Italy’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that children should instead inherit the surnames of both their parents.

Italy’s constitutional courts ruled that the paternal practice of a child automatically and involuntarily inheriting the father’s surname at birth was not only unconstitutional, but “discriminatory and harmful” to a child’s identity, It reported Reuters.

Instead, the court said in a statement that both parents should be allowed to choose the child’s last name.

“In the wake of the principle of equality and in the best interests of the child, both parents must be able to share the choice of his surname, which is a fundamental element of personal identity,” a court declaration said.

The new practice will allow both parents to assign their child’s last name in an order they agree on. If both parents decide to give the child a single last name, it is also OK.

According to the court’s opinion, it was unconstitutional to automatically assign the father’s surname. The practice violates several articles in Constitution of Italywhich protects citizens’ rights around sex, race, religion and more, the court added.

The court’s decision is not yet in force. It must pass Parliament’s approval before it officially becomes the new practice.

Children should no longer be forced to have their father’s surname in Italy: NPR

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