Perhaps you experienced some drama while naming your baby. Many of us have. Perhaps your mom didn't like the sound of "Ethel," or your wife didn't appreciate that you wanted to name your child the same name as an ex-girlfriend, etc. Whatever the case may be, it's never easy to pick a name out for a child. Some go to extreme lengths like hiring a focus group to test the name's success on (Anyone watch Bravo's "Pregnant in Heels?"). But can you imagine having a JUDGE change your baby's name!?
Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered Jaleesa Martin's third child to change his name from "Messiah" to "Martin." Seven month old Messiah is now "Martin." Martin's parents were in court over what last name their son would go by, but when the magistrate heard the boy's first name, she changed it. Court ordered. Signed, sealed, delivered.
"It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is," the magistrate explained. The magistrate declared that the name was a religious name and was earned by one person: Jesus Christ.
On what constitutional basis is this magistrate making this determination? Is she deciding based on what she believes to be is in the best interest of the child? Never mind the fact that "Messiah" was number 4 among the fastest rising baby names of 2012. The mother is appealing. Read the article HERE.
What do you think? Should the court get to decide to change a child's name?