Lesbian mom loses parental rights, and spouse, to sperm donor


An Oklahoma girl has no parental rights over the son she raised for 2 years along with her estranged spouse, who has since began relationship the previous couple’s sperm donor, a decide dominated Monday. 

Kris Williams and Rebekah Wilson, who have been legally married in June 2019, have been each initially listed on the boy’s beginning certificates when Wilson gave beginning to him in August 2019, in accordance to courtroom paperwork. The boy, referred to solely as W.R.W.W. within the decide’s ruling, was conceived utilizing the sperm of Harlan Vaughn, with whom Wilson entered a “Identified Sperm Donor Settlement” in September 2018.

Williams and Wilson, nevertheless, break up in November 2021, and Wilson moved in with Vaughn shortly afterward, courtroom paperwork state. However whereas Williams was on the kid’s beginning certificates, she didn’t undertake him earlier than she break up with Wilson, and she has not seen him since Nov. 23, 2021.

Kris Williams, right, and Rebekah Wilson with their son.

“The truth is that the legislation supplies a authorized treatment out there to Williams,” Oklahoma County District Choose Lynne McGuire wrote in her choice, referring to adoption. “She knowingly selected not to pursue it.”

McGuire’s ruling discovered Wilson and Vaughn, who’ve since had a second organic baby collectively, to be the “authorized dad and mom” of W.R.W.W.

Williams instructed NBC affiliate KFOR of Oklahoma Metropolis that she was “in shock” by the decide’s ruling.

“I can let you know that that brings a number of anger and emotion on me,” Williams mentioned by way of tears Tuesday. “Why? Simply why?”

In a press release to KFOR, Vaughn mentioned that he and Wilson are “grateful for the courtroom’s validation.”

“We stay centered completely on our baby’s safety and well-being,” Vaughn mentioned.

Whereas the case is sophisticated, the decision needs to be a cautionary story for different LGBTQ households, in accordance to some legal experts and LGBTQ activists.

In Oklahoma, as in lots of different states, married {couples} are presumed dad and mom of kids born throughout the marriage. Nevertheless, McGuire dominated that as a result of the state’s parentage act predates the legalization of same-sex marriage within the state, it didn’t apply in Williams’ case.

“[The act] doesn’t have in mind same-sex marriage, and there is no such thing as a presumption that the spouse of the mom is robotically presumed the mum or dad of a kid born through the marriage,” McGuire dominated.

Williams’ legal professional, Robyn Hopkins, contends that the ruling places the burden of adoption on same-sex {couples}, whereas exempting heterosexual {couples} of the identical duty. 

“Present me the place the case legislation says that homosexual individuals have to undertake their very own kids?” Hopkins requested KFOR. “Why do homosexual individuals have to have a house examine and a background verify to undertake their very own kids and pay upwards of a pair thousand {dollars} and go to courtroom to make it official?”

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