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Judge orders child's name to be changed from Messiah to Martin

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by Joseph Earnest  August 12, 2013


Newscast Media NEW PORT, Tenn— WBIR-TV in Tennessee is reporting that a Newport mother has been ordered by a judge to change her child's name from Messiah to Martin, because the name Messiah is reserved for one person only...Jesus Christ


During a child support battle, Jaleesa Martin and her husband could not agree upon what the 7-month old baby's last name would be.  That's when Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew took a look at the first name, and found it unacceptable.


"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," Judge Ballew said. Watch:


The judge has ordered the mother to rename the child "Martin DeShawn McCullough," and also have the name-change reflect the same on the birth certificate, consistent with the court order.



Birth certificate currently reflects the old "unacceptable" name

"I was shocked. I never intended on naming my son Messiah because it means God and I didn't think a judge could make me change my baby's name because of her religious beliefs," Martin said.  The mother says she will appeal the judge's decision in a higher court.   Add Comments>>







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