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In one of the first cases of its kind in Britain, a woman is set to make history by acting as a surrogate for her brother and his gay partner. Fertility expert Dr Kamal Ahuja says, "The definition of a traditional family is progressively fading. Though we had concerns some years ago, the evidence now is that we need not worry in terms of same-sex parenting.
Families of the future may combine up to five parents. Regardless of culture, the evidence is that children adapt well and it’s the quality of the nurturing environment which is important."
Ahuja is scientific director at London Women’s Clinic, which was one of the first to admit lesbian women for donor insemination a decade ago. Since then, several hundred babies have been born to same sex couples and the proportion of gay patients has risen to nearly a third from seven per cent.