THE Namibian Equal Rights Movement is planning a protest march to the High Court in Windhoek to condemn all forms of discrimination against people in same-sex marriages.
The protest stems from an incident where the twin babies of a Namibian father, Phillip Lühl, and his husband Guillermo Delgado, have been denied entry into Namibia.
Paula and Maya Delgado Lühl were born on 13 March 2021 in Durban through surrogacy.
Lühl welcomed them into the world and planned to return to Namibia as soon as medically advisable to be reunited with his husband and their two-year-old son, Yona, and start the process of applying for the twins’ Namibian citizenship by descent.
The Ministery of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has, however, refused to issue travel documents to the twins to enter Namibia as not only is same sex marriages not recognised, neither are children born by same sex couples.
According to Lühl, the ministry disregards a birth certificate regularly issued by South African authorities identifying Phillip and Guillermo as the parents of the twins and their two-year-old son.
Lühl stated that the minister, by refusing to issue travel documents to the twins, has rendered the newborns as de facto stateless persons and that his persistence in the matter keeps the family separated, which puts him in contravention of Namibian and international law.
The Namibian Equal Rights Movement has condemned the home affairs ministry’s action and said that the March of Allies will be held on the 25th of March.
The protest action will start at the head office of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security and wild end at the Windhoek High Court where the case to issue the newborn twins with citizenship and travel documents will be heard at 09:00.