Telegraph (UK) 2 Jan 2013
The first baby to be born in France in 2013 has two mothers, at a time when the country grapples with a controversial bill that would allow same-sex marriage.
Sacha was born between midnight and one minute past on January 1, in the central French town of Moulin, becoming the first recorded baby born in 2013 – excluding French territories.
Only the birth mother, identified as Maude, has legal rights over the child since the couple is not married – which would change if the new, “marriage for all” bill passes, as expected, following parliamentary discussions beginning later this month. Maude and her partner, Delphine, said they hoped to marry as soon as it becomes legally possible to do so.
Sacha’s birth mother had to go to a Belgian sperm bank in order to be artificially inseminated, because gay couples are not able to do so in France.