Gay couple wins custody battle against Thai surrogate mother

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 23, 2016 file photo, American Gordon Lake, left, and Spaniard Manuel Santos, right, walk with their baby Carmen at the Central Juvenile and Family Court in Bangkok, Thailand. A court in Thailand was to announce its verdict Tuesday, April 26 in a high-profile custody battle between a same-sex couple and a Thai surrogate mother who decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

BANGKOK (AP) — A same-sex American-Spanish couple has won a high-profile custody battle against a surrogate mother in Thailand who gave birth to their child but then decided she wanted to keep the baby when she found out they were gay.

The couple — American Gordon Lake and Spaniard Manuel Santos, both 41 — have been stuck in Thailand since launching their legal battle after baby Carmen was born in January 2015.

The couple’s lawyer, Rachapol Sirikulchit, said that Bangkok’s Juvenile and Family Court on Tuesday “granted legal custody of Carmen Lake to Gordon Lake.”

Lake is the biological father of Carmen, who is now 15 months old. The egg came from an anonymous donor, not the Thai surrogate, Patidta Kusolsang.

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