Lesbian couple to be listed as mums on baptism record

Aimi Leggett and her son Alfie.'''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132420-859)
Aimi Leggett and her son Alfie.'''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132420-859)
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THE same-sex couple at the centre of a row over their young son’s baptism are set to have the ceremony as planned – but with a different vicar.

It comes as a church leader stepped in to speak to civil partners Aimi, 25, and Victoria Leggett 22, of Gosport.

Retired clergyman, the Rev George Gebauer had refused to register them both as the mums of their son Alfie, one.

But now the devoted pair can both be formally listed as his mums by the church.

The Archdeacon of the Meon, Venerable Gavin Collins, covers St Mary’s Church, Warsash, where the pair’s son will be baptised.

In a statement he said the church understands Victoria has legal co-parental responsibility for Alfie.

He said: ‘Having spoken to Aimi Leggett, I’m pleased to report that the baptism of Alfie will go ahead on the date planned at St Mary’s Church, Warsash.

‘We have addressed the legal issue.

‘We can therefore enter their details onto the baptism register as “mother” and “mother”, as they would like.

‘I’m pleased that this issue has been resolved, and we look forward to welcoming Aimi, Victoria, Alfie and their friends and family.

‘I’m sure it will be a great occasion as we welcome him into the Christian family.’

Ven Collins added during discussions about Mr Gebauer’s meeting with Aimi and Victoria, the pair had spoken with the Rev Susan Allman.

Ms Allman, priest-in-charge of St Peter’s Church, Titchfield, wil now take the service, due to happen in around two weeks time.

It comes after Aimi and Victoria had their long-planned hopes for a baptism briefly dashed on Saturday.

Mr Gebauer, who was due to officiate at the ceremony, refused to register two mums, saying it was church’s policy to list one mother.

He wanted one of the pair to be put down as a godmother.

The pair had organised the baptism with the Rev Andy Norris but he has left.

Retired clergy have been officiating at the church while it has no vicar.

The Leggetts had told The News they would be happy for Rev Allman to officiate.

In a statement Ms Allman said: ‘When Aimi contacted me, I told her how sorry I was that she and Victoria had been upset by their meeting with George Gebauer.

‘I reassured her that there was no problem with baptising their little boy.’