'HOLLY'S LAW' - Equality for married gay mothers in Sweden

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Gay partners who want to have a family in Sweden are not treated equally to heterosexual couples under Swedish Law. This is because Swedish paternity law is not gender neutral.

This means that under Swedish law only a woman who has carried and given birth to a child in a married lesbian couple, where they have had IVF outside Sweden, can be registered as their child’s legal parent and guardian. If the other mother who did not carry the child wants to be registered as a legal parent she has to adopt her own child. This option is only open to a Swedish resident. If the woman who did not carry the child is not a resident of Sweden she cannot be recognised or registered as their child’s mother. This applies even if the woman who did not give birth is registered as the mother in their own country.

A married gay woman has to attend a Family Rights Bureau investigation. Married heterosexual couples do not. A married gay woman is asked if she has had sex with a man around the time of her child’s conception. The man in a married heterosexual couple is presumed to be the father of their child. 

It is in the child’s best interests to have two legal parents and guardians. Having only one legal parent can cause many complications for both parents and child throughout its life. It is also extremely stressful to the whole family.

Together we can hold the Swedish government accountable and call for a change to end this discrimination and make all parents equal. By signing the petition below you can make a difference.  We the undersigned demand the government change the law to gender neutral parenthood that recognises all as equal under the law.



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