Spotlight on surrogate kids of LGBT, straight couples

File photo of an adult holding a child's hand. A gay Singaporean has been allowed to adopt his biological son after a bid to do so was rejected last year.
File photo of an adult holding a child's hand. A gay Singaporean has been allowed to adopt his biological son after a bid to do so was rejected last year.PHOTO: ST FILE

For the past two years, Michael (not his real name) has been taking his twin daughters out of the country every three months or so - "forced holidays" as the 47-year-old, who works in branding and communications, described them.

The girls were conceived through commercial surrogacy in the US, and remain American citizens whose social visit passes to Singapore have to be renewed every 90 days.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'Spotlight on surrogate kids of LGBT, straight couples'. Subscribe