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Italian parents must be allowed to give mother's surname

European Court orders Italy to make necessary reforms

07 January, 12:07
Italian parents must be allowed to give mother's surname (ANSA) - Strasbourg, January 7 - The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that two Italian parents should be allowed to give their daughter her mother's surname.

Alessandra Cusan and Luigi Fazzo, from Milan, took their case to the court in Strasbourg after being barred from giving their daughter the surname Cusan under Italian law.

In Italy children born of Italian parents within wedlock must legally take their father's surname.

The couple claimed the law was in violation of their right to respect for private and family life, prohibition of discrimination and equality between spouses.

The judges ruled that Italy needs to make legislative or other changes to remedy the situation.

The sentence becomes definitive in three months.

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