By Delwyn Lounsbury

Neil Patrick Harris and boyfriend David Burtka announced that they had fraternal twins on October 12, 2010 by surrogate mother.

Remarkably, the surrogacy procedure saw each have one of their sperm take and produce a baby. The fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, were named Harper Grace and Gideon Scott. It is unknown at this time which one is whose. It is certain that each of the fathers sired a child. Of course, a DNA test would tell which. They may never want to know. How lucky to be able to both share in the fathering process. They all live in their famous fathers Hollywood Hills home in Los Angeles, California

A TV show star on the long running How I Met Your Mother, actor Harris, 37, remarked to People Magazine, “We found an egg donor anonymously through a hilarious process of looking at people’s profiles and then an amazing surrogate who had helped same-sex couples before.”

David Burtka, who quit acting recently to become a chef, added; “When we first found out it was fraternal twins, we were thrilled.”

Elton John,63, and his civil partner David Furnish, 48, also announced recently that they had a baby boy by surrogate birth, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, born on December 25, 2010. The baby born in California weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces.


Zachary was born to an unidentified birth mother that was not the biological mother but had carried the baby after being implanted with a donor egg coming from another anonymous woman. This means that little Furnish-John in a sense has two fathers and two mothers. It is speculated that Furnish’s sperm was used since he is younger.

Reports say they chose California because there are more certain laws on surrogacy especially when it comes to gay and lesbian parents seeking surrogate mothers. There are no laws banning or against surrogacy here in California where we also have a California commercial surrogacy agency.

On Christmas Day Neil Patrick Harris wrote on Twitter, “Great – Congratulations to David Furnish & Elton John on the birth of their son Zachary! Can’t wait for play dates in the south of France.”

Harris and Burtka recently moved to a more child appropriate home in the Hollywood hills and have a new nursery with no less that an old time Disneyland theme park decor.

Neil Patrick Harris, (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, singer and even magician. His prominent roles include the leading TV role in, Doogie Howser, M.D.(Golden Globe nomination), Colonel Carl Jenkins in Starship Troopers, a fictitious version of himself in the Harold and Kumar series, the title role in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and, of course, the current TV series, as the womanizing Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother. He hosted the 63rd Tony Awards on June 7, 2009 and on August 2010 he won two Emmy Awards. Harris’ volume of work has too many other appearances to mention here. He has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2010.

Harris is openly gay, confirming that in November 2006 saying, “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”

Those interested in surrogacy should be aware that a 1993 California gestational surrogacy court case (Johnson v. Calvert) awarded the intended parents all rights to a surrogate born child. Ever since then there has been good court acceptance. The birth certificate will have the intended parents names.

The baby is automatically a U.S. citizen!

In 2005 the California Supreme Court decided three cases together that had to do with lesbian couples who had reproduced using surrogacy. The court ruled that under the the Uniform Parentage Act, two women can be the legal parents of a child produced through surrogacy.

This ruling presumably applies to the rest of the LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) community. Since these court rulings are now case law, this makes California the land of opportunity for infertile people around the world plus gay surrogacy, lesbian surrogacy and same sex parenting.

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