In conjunction with its crackdown on the rights of same-sex parents, the Italian government has begun retroactively stripping same-sex parents of their legal connection to their children.
For example, Michela Leidi told she received a letter informing her she would be removed from her daughter’s birth certificate as if she did not exist. Michela and her wife Viola, from Bergamo, are reportedly one of the first three lesbian couples to have their children’s birth certificates changed after the country’s right-wing government announced that state agencies should no longer register the children of same-sex couples.
In most cities, the policy has been focused on new babies born, but in the case of Michela and Viola are targeted as one of the first to have their legal status changed retroactively.
While same-sex civil unions have been legal in Italy since 2016, same-sex couples do not have the right to adopt. Surrogacy remains illegal in the country and there are restrictions that prevent the adoption of “stepchildren” by one parent. Besides, nedically assisted reproduction, like in vitro fertilization, is only available to heterosexual couples.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, made anti-LGBTQ rhetoric a cornerstone of her campaign for office. She opposes allowing same-sex couples to adopt as well as marriage quality, calling civil union “good enough” for LGBTQ couples.