. Italian children should not automatically receive their father’s surname, court says « JO LEE MAGAZINE

DELAWARE PUBLIC – Italy’s highest court ruled Wednesday that children should instead inherit both of their parents’ last names. Italy’s Constitutional Courts ruled that the paternal practice of a child automatically and involuntarily inheriting the father’s surname at birth was not only unconstitutional but “Discriminatory and harmful” to a child’s identity, Reuters reported. Instead, the court said in a statement, both parents should be allowed to choose the child’s last name. “In the wake of the principle of equality and in the interest of the child, both parents must be able to share the choice on his surname, which constitutes fundamental element of personal identity.”

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