Oklahoma mother to be removed from baby’s birth certificate because she’s not the ‘gestational parent’

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — A birth certificate battle is brewing at the Oklahoma County Courthouse.

It started with a divorce between two parents: the mother who carried and delivered the baby and the non-gestational parent.

Kris Williams and Rebekah Wilson got married in the summer of 2019.

Later that year, they had a son.

Rebekah carried the child, conceived by artificial insemination.

Kris cut the umbilical cord. They named their son after a beloved family member on Kris’ side.

“I thought it was a dream come true. It was special,” Williams said.

In Oklahoma, same-sex marriage is legal.

Kris and Rebekah have the same rights as any married couple.

Chris Williams. Photo by KFOR.

Their names are both listed on the baby’s birth certificate as mother and mother.

“It’s pretty simple,” said attorney Robyn Hoplins. “It’s black and white, and so I don’t know why we get caught up in the gray.”

Gray is a nasty divorce making its way through the district court.

Earlier this year, Rebekah asked the court to remove Kris from the birth certificate.

Judge Lynne McGuire ruled that Kris “did not take legal action to establish parental rights”.

Even though Kris was listed on the baby’s birth certificate, the judge ruled she should have adopted her own child.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Hopkins said. “It’s not about knowing what divorce is. It’s not about divorce at all. We are not talking about assets. We are not talking about matrimonial property, separate property. We are talking about the custody of a child born of this marriage.

Kris Willimas hasn’t seen his son for 19 weeks.

“I want people to know that it’s not just the LGBTQ community that’s vulnerable in this,” Kris said. “We have other families who cannot have biological children and who use donors as a way to have families. I think it’s horrible that we have to take an extra step in order to solidify our space so that we are legally connected to our children.

Rebekah filed a victim protection order against Kris late last year.

She was in court on Thursday and refused to answer questions from KFOR about why she had filed for the removal of her ex-wife.

Both sides will be back in court Friday morning before Judge Lynne McGuire on a motion to reconsider her original finding.

News 4’s Ali Meyer attempted to speak to Rebekah’s attorney, Seth Von Tunglen, who was in court Thursday with his client.

Von Tunglen told KFOR that his court documents speak for themselves.

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