JUDGE RULES THAT MOTHER CAN’T NAME BABY ‘MESSIAH’
Choosing a baby name is one of the first and most special decisions that a parent can make. For one Tennessee resident, that moment was cut short when a local judge ruled that her baby could not keep the name she’d chosen.
The mother of son Messiah DeShawn Martin originally went into the court room regarding the baby boy’s last name. She wanted him to legally keep her surname instead of taking his father’s. Instead of just getting a decision on the last name, she was also told that she needed to change the child’s first name from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough, which would give the boy both his parent’s surnames.
The judge left off the original first name Messiah, explaining her decision by saying, “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.”
The judge used her personal religious beliefs to make a ruling on an issue that what not in question in her courtroom. For many, the word Messiah does represent Jesus Christ, but to others the name is just a word or not currently relevant with their belief system.
The mother, Jaleesa Martin, plans to appeal.
Do you think the judge had the right to make the mother change the baby’s name?