Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Gay couple have children christened

Gay couple Barrie (left) and Tony Drewitt-Barlow carry their new twins Jasper (left) and Dallas at St John the Baptist Church in Danbury, Essex

A gay couple who made legal history when they were jointly registered as fathers have christened their fourth and fifth children.

Around 100 people joined Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, of Danbury, Essex, at a service for five-month-old twins Dallas and Jasper.

The couple, both businessmen in their 40s, said the boys were born to a surrogate mother in California, in February. The children were christened at St John the Baptist Church in Danbury.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow said he and his partner had "angered church groups over the years".

But he added: "It is important for us to have the children all christened. As a Christian family we feel that it is important for our children to be given the opportunity to follow the teachings of the Church and if they decide when they are older not to, then that is their choice."

The couple's third child, seven-year-old Orlando, was also christened at the service.

The couple first hit the headlines in 1999 when their twin daughters Aspen and Saffron, were born to a surrogate mother in California and, following a ruling by an American court, became the first British children to be registered as having two fathers and no mother.

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