In my opinion, a magistrate judge in Tennessee has way overstepped her bounds in changing an infant's name from 'Messiah' to 'Martin.'
Her reasoning? WBIR-TV reports that Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew said the religious name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ." That's when she ordered the name change.
In a world where names have become more fanciful and their spelling sometimes boggles the mind, who is this magistrate to put a religious notion into a court ruling when she wasn't even asked?
Would she have changed Barkevious Mingo's name if she didn't like it because she is a cat person instead of a dog person?
It's a case that makes me wonder what other rulings she has made that never got noticed by the media?
And why was she involved in the first place?
The seven-month-old boy's parents were in court because they could not agree on the child's last name.
Thta's when Ballew heard the boy's first name and that's when she ordered it changed, too. She is quoted as saying "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 word Messiah is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ."
Ballew then ruled that the baby was to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which includes both parents' last name. The boy's mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal, saying Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy's two siblings -- Micah and Mason.
I agree with the mother. And that magistrate needs a good talking to.