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Australia: Amendment to Allow Lesbian Mothers'; Names on Birth Certificates

(Sept. 29, 2008) The Parliament of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has passed the Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Same Sex Relationships) Act 2008 (NSW). The Act permits existing children conceived through artificial fertilization who are living in domestic situations where their parents are in a lesbian de facto relationship to have both mothers named on their birth certificates. Similarly, such children will be entitled to inherit both parents' assets and be in a position identical to that of children of heterosexual parents regarding workers' and victims' compensation payments. Sperm donors do not have parental presumptions and are not listed on the birth certificate. (Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Same Sex Relationships) Act 2008, No. 23, Parliamentary Counsel's Office website, (last visited Sept. 22, 2008).)