In a ruling that advances New Jersey law on surrogate reproduction, a judge has awarded full custody to the biological father of 5-year-old twin girls while preserving parental rights for the gestational mother.

The decision by Superior Court Judge Francis Schultz, made public Wednesday, allows the girls to be raised by their father, Sean Hollingsworth, and his partner, Donald Robinson Hollingsworth, the defendants. The men have a civil union in New Jersey and are married in California.

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