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Forum Post: Tennessee Baby Can Keep Name 'Messiah', Judge Rules

Posted 1 year ago on Sept. 20, 2013, 12:01 p.m. EST by LeoYo (5866)
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Tennessee Baby Can Keep Name 'Messiah', Judge Rules

http://news.msn.com/us/tennessee-baby-can-keep-name-messiah-judge-rules

A judge in Tennessee has overturned an earlier ruling by a child support magistrate that a baby boy's name must be changed because it was reserved for Jesus Christ.

NEWPORT, Tenn. — A Tennessee judge has ruled in favor of parents who want their 8-month-old baby to be named "Messiah." At a paternity hearing last month, child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew was asked to decide Messiah Deshawn Martin's surname. She ended up changing the baby's first name as well, saying that Messiah was a title reserved for Jesus Christ.

That decision quickly made international news.

On Wednesday, Chancellor Telford E. Forgety Jr. overturned that decision, ruling that the lower court acted unconstitutionally. He said the lower court violated the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The child's mother, Jaleesa Martin, expressed relief after the hearing. She says the original ruling was "ridiculous" and says she is glad the court fight is over.

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[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5866) 1 year ago

It's almost amazing what people in positions of authority will do despite the establishment clause.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (26518) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Still - ya gotta figure his nickname will be Mess? hmmmm perhaps Iah.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

I saw this. I am appalled that a magistrate would even go there.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (26518) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yep - no-one has a problem with Heysuse ( spelled - Jesus ). Right?

[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Yeah. This isn't someone that should even be a magistrate.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26518) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Ya mean there are more unworthy judges than just on the SCOTUS ? HUH

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

I understand that tough questions come around but this one was an easy one.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26518) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yep - easy - a no brainer as it were. The judicial system had no business denying a naming right.