London, Nov 3 (UNI) Lesbian couples in Britain will be given the legal status of parents if one of them gives birth through fertility treatment.
The 'Human Tissues and Embryos Bill' to be announced in the Queen's Speech next week, is expected to enshrine the concept of a two-mother family for the first time, Daily Mail reported.
According to the proposed bill, when two women are in a relationship and one gives birth though fertility treatment, the other partner will be treated as the second parent, even if they are not in a civil partnership.
In these circumstances, the sperm donor will not be treated as a father to avoid the child having three 'legal parents'.
The move will mark a historic change in how a family is legally defined.
Men in same sex relationships who have children through surrogate mothers are not expected to be covered by the new legislation.