The constitutional court in Italy has ruled that children born in the country should be given the surnames of both parents [Father and Mother] reversing the tradition of all newborns being automatically named after their fathers.
The State Court on Wednesday 27th April, 2022 ruled that the nation’s longstanding regulation “discriminatory and harmful to identity” of the child, and the said both parents should be able to choose the surnames for the newborns.
The constitutional ruling stated that, Italian children will still be able to have one surname if the mother and father agree.
The law making body in Italy is now due to approve the new legislation to align with the court’s ruling.
“This issue has been dragging on from one parliamentary term to the next, it is time to decide,” revealed by Renate Gebhard, President of the South Tyrolean People’s Party (SVP).
“It is now up to Parliament to make this leap forward in terms of civilisation,” added Laura Boldrini, an MP for the Democratic Party.
“Parents have equal responsibility and equal rights, no more discrimination that penalises mothers and children.”
Italy’s Family Minister Elena Bonetti in a Facebook post said the government would fully support the new law.
“We need to give substance [to the decision] and it is a high priority and urgent task of politics to do so,” she wrote, adding that parents should take equal responsibility for a child’s upbringing.