April 28, 2016 at 11:28 am EDT | by Staff reports
Gay couple wins custody in surrogacy case
Gordon Lake, surrogacy, Bangkok Family Court, Thailand, gay news, Washington Blade

(Photo courtesy of Gordon Lake)

BANGKOK — A Thai court on April 26 ruled in favor of a gay couple that was embroiled in a bitter custody battle over their daughter who was born to a surrogate mother.

The BBC reported the Bangkok Family Court ruled Gordon “Bud” Lake, who is from the U.S., is the legal guardian of Carmen Santos Lake, who was born last year. The decision allowed Lake’s husband, Manuel Santos Valero, to leave Thailand with their daughter and bring her to Spain where the couple lives.

“We are so happy about the ruling today,” Gordon “Bud” Lake told the Washington Blade in an email on April 26. “We are just happy that we will finally be able to all be together again as a family.”

Lake told the Blade in a previous interview that he visited the surrogate mother in a Bangkok hospital with his son Álvaro, who was also born through a surrogate in 2013, shortly after his daughter was born. Santos did not accompany him, but the surrogate mother later said she objected to the fact the gay couple was not “an ordinary family.”

“I will be going to Thailand to get things ready to bring Carmen and Manuel home,” Lake told the Blade.

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