The European Union (EU) has voted to support parenthood, including same-sex parents, throughout the continent.
The European Certificate of Parenthood will recognize parenthood regardless of how a child is conceived or born or the type of family structure they have. It also provides for rights to education, healthcare, custody, and succession.
Countries will be able to make their own laws regarding whether or not they will recognize some forms of parenthood, like surrogacy, but after a certificate is approved in one member country, it has to be honored in all of them.
The move honors the rights of same-sex parents across the EU regardless of the policies of individual countries as long as the child is born in a member country.
From now, no child should be discriminated against because of who they belong to or how they were born across the European Union.