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UK's First Gay Dads To Make History By Having Three Names On Birth Certificate

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UK's First Gay Dads To Make History By Having Three Names On Birth Certificate

The UK's first gay dads are hoping to change the law and have three names on their next child's birth certificate.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and his ex-husband Tony, from Manchester, became the first gay parents to jointly sign a birth certificate over 20 years ago.

And the multimillionaires are set to make history once again when they welcome triplets into the world after having inseminated a surrogate in the US with three embryos.

Barrie, 51, and Tony, 56, split several years ago after more than three decades together, with Barrie now engaged to 26-year-old Scott Hutchinson, who used to date his daughter, Saffron.

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All three provided sperm donations during the IVF treatment, and Barrie says they plan on having all of their names on the document. Though it will require a change of law in the UK to do so, as currently only two parents can be listed on a birth certificate.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and Tony were together for over 30 years. Credit: Alamy
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and Tony were together for over 30 years. Credit: Alamy

Barrie told the Mirror that he was over the moon with the upcoming arrival.

He said: "I am as excited about this pregnancy as I was about the first.

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"I never thought I would be going down this road again but I’m so in love with Scott and have so enjoyed having Valentina, that when Scott said he’d love to do it again I jumped at the chance. And here we are, pregnant yet again. I love it."

Barrie and Tony went to court back in 1999 so that they could be put down as 'parent one' and 'parent two' on the birth certificate.

"It still makes me feel amazing that we did that," Barrie said.

"I’m so wonderfully grateful that fight has been won.

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"But if I have three children, we will have parent one, two and three, and I will challenge the law again.

"This might sound crazy, but I am sure three people’s names will also become the norm one day."

Barrie is now engaged to his daughter's ex, Scott Hutchison. Credit: Instagram/Barrie Drewitt-Barlow
Barrie is now engaged to his daughter's ex, Scott Hutchison. Credit: Instagram/Barrie Drewitt-Barlow

Despite being separated, Tony still lives with Barrie in his 10-bedroom Florida mansion.

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And while it might be a different set up to most relationships, Barrie says they all get on well and care for one another deeply.

He said: "We see ourselves simply as a family. That’s what we are and we love the way our life is and the bubble we have created to keep our children safe and happy.

"Our home is a happy and loving one. Tony has given my relationship with Scott his blessing.

"We are still each other’s best friends. Things are great with Scott and I. We are very much in love. I could not imagine life without him.

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"Even though Tony and I are no longer a couple we both want to be there for our children.

"They think that it is awesome to have siblings that have been on ice for over 22 years. It’s like a science fiction movie."

Tony still lives with Barrie in their Florida mansion. Credit: Instagram/Barrie Drewitt-Barlow
Tony still lives with Barrie in their Florida mansion. Credit: Instagram/Barrie Drewitt-Barlow

Barrie also said that they are planning on moving back to the UK in the future to settle down.

He added: "We are building a mansion that will be our UK home.

"Each child will have their own room which we are allowing them to decorate with the latest of everything.

"We have a budget of £1.5million to decorate the rooms the way they want them. On top, each of our children have an unlimited amount to pick the presents – they can have whatever they like.

"Aspen and Orlando want Lamborghini Urus and Saffron wants a Mercedes.

"Valentina will have a Tiffany diamond bracelet, along with lots of dolls, a pram and a bike."

Featured Image Credit: Barrie Drewitt-Barlow

Topics: Science, UK News, Sex and Relationships

Dominic Smithers
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