Gays in Britain have now turned to incest to have children. A woman has helped her 24-year-old son become a father by carrying his child.
In the first surrogacy of its kind, a donor egg fertilised by her son Kyle was implanted in British woman Anne-Marie Casson, 46.
Kyle, gay and single, had wanted to be a father “for some considerable time”.
A surrogacy clinic had turned him away, and then a female relative who had volunteered to be the surrogate developed medical difficulties.
It was at this point that Anne-Marie Casson and her husband Alan decided that she should be the surrogate mother.
A family court judge ruled that it was “entirely lawful” for Kyle to adopt the baby, Miles – his son but also, legally, his brother.
Kyle is the first single man in the UK to have a child through surrogacy, and the first to use his mother as the carrier.
The Cassons’ case has ignited huge controversy: the participants’ consanguinity raises the spectre of one of the few remaining taboos – incest.
Both Anne-Marie and Kyle Casson have said their gay friends have been overwhelmingly supportive.