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Twins separated at birth marry

11 January 2008
Adoption is not as secret as it used to be, so there is less likelihood of this happening than it was 30-40 years ago, but the right iof children to know the identity of their biological parents needs to be protected.
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk
Twins separated at birth and adopted by separate parents later married each other without realising they were brother and sister.The siblings were recently granted an annulment in the high court’s family division.
The identities of the British pair and the details of the relationship have been kept secret, but it is known that they were separated soon after birth and were never told they were twins. They did not discover they were blood relatives until after the wedding.


The case was uncovered by Lord Alton in a conversation with a high court judge.He used it to highlight perceived deficiencies in the human embryology and tissues bill going through parliament.

Lord Alton argues the twins’ marriage supports the need for children to know the identity of parents.

Legislation in the human embryology and tissues bill, he said, threatened to undermine children’s rights to know these details.

“The right of children to know the identity of their biological parents is a human right.
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