Randi Shade, left, and Kayla Shell with their children Ethan and Emme Shade-Shell.
As the Bureau of Vital Statistics updates software and implements a judge’s orders, the issue has become more complicated than expected
Former Austin City Councilwoman Randi Shade and her wife, Kayla Shell, had a commitment ceremony in 2004 and threw a big party to celebrate. They had a child in 2006, and a second child in 2008.
In 2013, the couple traveled to New York where they were legally married.
Shade is the birth mother of both children. Shell was there for the conception both times. She was the first one to hold the children after they were born. She was, Shade said, “there every step” of the way.
But Shade’s is the only parent name that appears on the children’s birth certificates.
Texas law, Shade said, is “clearly designed to make a statement that makes my kids feel bad.” In addition, she pointed out how the law makes no sense because ……..read more here.