Dating without children
Little was left to chance — even the sex of the twins was selected, with Barrie fathering Saffron, and Tony, Aspen.In 1999 the pair made legal history when they became the first same-sex British couple to register as joint parents on a birth certificate in the United States.But while they forged their remarkable family, the couple became increasingly rootless as they drifted from country to country like exquisitely dressed nomads.Citing homophobic abuse, they left Britain for the United States when the babies were born.'Horny Fun Wanted' proclaims one typical advertiser on the gay dating site, displaying a full frontal nude picture of himself for the delectation of passing browsers.
A third embryo, created when the egg fertilised by Tony split in two, was frozen.A spot check of the Gaydar website revealed 500 men were advertising from around the immediate area.Ironically, given the pair's weakness for uniforms, the Mail discovered their detached, rented £600,000 house belongs to senior police officer Ian Learmonth, formerly based at the nearby Essex Police HQ, but now promoted to Assistant Chief Constable of the Strathclyde force in Glasgow.They're the millionaire gay dads who paid to create three children.So how could they put pictures of the youngsters on a gay dating website next to their own seedy adverts for casual sex with other men?
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The wedding photograph of Barrie Drewitt and Tony Barlow on the internet web page, with the twins whose birth made them Britain's first surrogate gay fathers, radiates affectionate pride.