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Two fathers, an anonymous egg, a Thai surrogate mother and a baby called Carmen; it seems like the beginnings of a modern-day, rainbow-hued, family fairytale – that is until the surrogate mother decides she doesn’t want to give the baby away to a gay couple…

On a roof terrace in the metropolis of Bangkok in April last year, dozens of photographers and journalists braved the searingly-hot Thai weather as a woman in a business suit announced; “They’ll be here in just a few more minutes.” Suddenly cameras clicked into action, lights flashed and someone said; “Beautiful, sweetie, baby, look over here!”

The star of this media show was a one-and-a-half-year-old girl named Carmen. She was born from an anonymous egg, the sperm of American citizen Gordon Lake, and a Thai surrogate mother gave birth to her in a local hospital. The shy model stared at the lenses pointed in her direction, she smiled, tottered around in her party dress, and then quickly crawled back into the arms of her daddy.

Today, a celebration is being held to mark the fact that this tall American has officially been acknowledged as her father. It’s what Lake and his Spanish husband, Manuel Santos, both 42, have been fighting for in the Thai courts for the past 14 months.

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