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'This is about whether the court can stretch outdated laws to recognise the modern families actually now being created, and to protect the children being born into them. UK law has come so far over the last 10 years in recognising non-traditional families and rightly so, since all the research shows that children thrive from high quality parental relationships, regardless of the number or gender of their parents. We want to see children being born through surrogacy to single parents being treated in the same way as children being born to couples.'The father’s application was fully supported by the child’s guardian in the case, who had been appointed by the court to represent the child’s best interests and had conducted a welfare investigation into the father’s parenting abilities. The application was also fully supported by the US surrogate mother.