Separated Twins Unknowingly Marry

January 13, 2008

BRITAIN -- Twins who were separated at birth got married without realizing that they were brother and sister, a lawmaker said, urging that more information be provided on birth certificates for adopted children to prevent incest. A court annulled the British couple's union after they discovered their true relationship, Lord David Alton said. "It involved the normal birth of twins who were separated at birth and adopted by separate parents," he said. "They were never told that they were twins. ...The judge had to deal with the consequences of the marriage that they entered into and all the issues of their separation." Under British law, only a mother has to be named on a birth certificate. Such certificates are also not required to identify births that result from in vitro fertilization or to identify the sperm donor. British law does not require parents to tell children that they were the result of donated sperm. (AP)



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