Case of the week

Two gay Essex men became legal parents of surrogate twins when a Los Angeles court granted them both the right to be named as parents of Saffron and Aspen Drewitt-Barlow, who are due to be born to American Rosalind Bellamy in December. The parents Barrie Drewitt and Tony Barlow, whose application to adopt was rejected by Essex social services four years ago, are celebrating a legal victory which is binding in the UK.