Judge's decision to change baby's name Messiah draws reaction
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) - A Tennessee judge's decision to change a baby's first name from Messiah to Martin is drawing strong reactions from people who believe the judge overstepped her powers and those who think parents' creativity should have some limits.
Thousands of people have commented online about the judge's order since WBIR-TV published its story over the weekend. Many of them said Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew went too far, but not all.
"I agree 100 per cent that we only have one messiah and that's Jesus Christ," said Ms Edith Wood, a resident of Cocke County in eastern Tennessee, where the boy lives. The mostly rural county is located in the Appalachian foothills and encompasses part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ms Wood said a cousin called from Atlanta and asked her to find the judge and take her out to dinner.
The controversy started when the boy's mother sought an order to establish paternity. It included a request for the judge to determine the child's last name.