Judge Changes Baby's Name

From Messiah to Martin:
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130811/NEWS21/308110085

Parents were there to determine the last name (and child support?). The first name was not in question.

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August 12, 2013 10:19 AM

Wow. While I'm not personally a fan of the name Messiah, I think the judge is overstepping her bounds here.

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August 12, 2013 12:29 PM

I agree this is not the judges place for several reasons....1. Whether I like the choices people make considering their children's names its a personal choice. There are times when names should be changed because of the welfare of the child names with severely negative connotations. 2. Her reasoning alone shouldn't stand there is to be a seperation of church and state. The state should make no ruling governing personal freedoms based on religious reasonings.  And there are already children in the U.S. that have this name so it doesn't belong to Jesus alone.... please know that I'm not attacking anyone's religious beliefs. 

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By mk
August 12, 2013 3:55 PM

Not only did she order the name to be changed, she chose a new name herself. I don't see this being upheld on appeal, as I don't think there is any law that allows a judge to make this decision. Unlike other countries, there are no restrictions on what American parents can name their children. Even if it were a non-religious reason, judges don't have this authority.

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August 12, 2013 4:21 PM

The new name is the mother's last name. It think she was trying to be equitable to both parents by including both surnames without doing a hyphenated name.

I think it still falls out of her jurisdiction though.

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August 14, 2013 11:16 AM

I agree with you whole-heartedly. While she DID make statements saying that she felt it was offensive to her religion that the mother chose the name Messiah, she chose Martin in an effort (I believe) to be fair to BOTH parents - who both wanted the child to have their surname. I can only imagine being a judge and listening to parents arguing about this kind of stuff day in and day out. 

But it definitely won't hold up on appeal. There are plenty of cases that prove that it won't. There have been plenty of Americans who have named their sons Adolf Hilter (last name) and the courts haven't been able to legally force them to change that name. It all falls under freedom of speech.