Gay Fathers, Twin Sons: The Citizenship Case That Captured the World

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Gay Fathers, Twin Sons follows the story of a gay male couple fighting to raise their Canadian-born twins in the United States. Each partner had fathered one twin via egg donation and surrogacy, but only one parent was a US citizen, leaving one child without a biological American parent. And, thus, the fight for citizenship began.

Andrew Banks, an American, and Elad Dvash, an Israeli, were married in Canada in 2011. Years later, they became parents to fraternal twin boys, Aidan and Ethan, via a surrogate, with Andrew the biological father of Aidan and Elad of Ethan. Things became difficult when Andrew and Elad decided to move to California and discovered to their horror that Ethan couldn't get a U.S. passport. Thus began four years of legal filings, media exposure, and constant fear that the family would be unable to remain together in the U.S. A renowned psychologist who specializes in twin studies, Segal (Accidental Brothers, 2018) followed the case, and her findings form the substance of this insightful book, which is not without its complexities.... [T]he book is also an accessible human story with a happy ending: Ethan is now a U.S. citizen. Case closed.


About the Author

Nancy L. Segal, PhD, is a Psychology Professor, and Director and Founder of the Twin Studies Center at California State University, Fullerton. She has authored over 300 scholarly articles and eight books. Her 2012 book, Born Together-Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study, won the American Psychological Association's William James Book Award. Her recent work, Deliberately Divided: Inside the Controversial Study of Twins and Triplets Adopted Apart, was the focus of a July 2022 BBC-TV documentary. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and Atlantic Monthly. She has appeared on national and international televised programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show and the BBC. Her latest book is an annotated collection of photographs taken at the Holocaust twins' 40th anniversary reunion and hearing on Josef Mengele's war crimes. Segal lives and works in southern California.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pub date: August 08, 2023
276 pages
Format: Hardcover