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Italian Court Rules That All Children Should Be Named After Both Parents Unless Joint Decision Is Made

A constitutional court has ruled that Italian children should be given the surname of both parents, as opposed to the tradition of naming children after their fathers.

Parliament approval is required to implement the decision that all Italian children should receive both parents' surnames.

The current tradition in Italy, similar to Australia, automatically names children after the father’s surname unless otherwise stipulated.

The court found that the practice was “discriminatory and harmful to the child's identity ", adding that both parents should be able to choose the surname.

The Italian family minister, Elena Bonetti, said in a post on Facebook that the government would fully support parliament in this process.

“We need to give substance [to the decision] ... and it is a high priority and urgent task of politics to do so,” she wrote, adding that parents should take equal responsibility for the upbringing of a child.