Italy's constitutional court has ruled against legislation that automatically gives children of married couples the father's surname, BBC reports.

 

Lawyers argued that preventing families from giving children their mother's surname discriminated against women. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had earlier condemned the legislation - which dates from Roman times - and ordered Italy to change it.

 

The case involved an Italian-Brazilian couple who wanted to give their son both their surnames, as is traditional in many Spanish-speaking countries. After their request was rejected by Italian authorities, they took the case to the ECHR, which ruled in their favour in 2014.

 

It said the law was incompatible with the principle of gender equality enshrined in Italy's modern constitution.

 

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