DURBAN – Same-sex couple Phillip Lühl and Guillermo Delgado are engaged in a legal battle with the Namibian government to get their twins out of South Africa and return home.
Lühl is currently stranded in South Africa following the birth of the couple’s twin daughters, through surrogacy, in Durban in March.
Despite obtaining birth certificates for the daughters, Paula and Maya, Lühl is unable to bring them back to Namibia due to the country’s same-sex union laws. Namibia’s Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security refuses to issue travel documents allowing the twins to enter the country.
Meanwhile, Delgado is in Namibia with the couple’s 2-year-old son Yona, also born through surrogacy.
Lühl and Delgado married in South Africa in 2014.
Lühl has since filed an urgent application with the Windhoek High Court, urging the minister to issue emergency travel documents for the twins. The ministry would oppose the request and demand genetic proof that Lühl is the biological father of the twins.
According to reports, Lühl and Delgado said their surrogacy agreement had been approved by the High Court in Cape Town, ruling that the children were legally theirs.
In a social media post ahead of Namibia’s Independence Day celebrations, Lühl said it highlights the plight of the LGBTQ community.
“For many members of the LGBTQ community, the words freedom and equality, after 30 years, still ring pretty hollow. We have an interior minister who basically closes the door of the Namibian house to two little girls who are not even a week old, ”he said.
A petition has since been launched and peaceful protests have been organized to reunite the family.
The Namibian High Court is expected to announce its decision on April 19.
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