A judge has ordered a seven-month-old baby’s parents to change his name
from Messiah to Martin after they appeared before her in a dispute about the
child’s surname. According to the judge, only one person earned the name Messiah,
‘and that one person is Jesus Christ’.
According to WBIR, the mother of the child, Jaleesa Martin, and his father couldn’t agree
on whose last name the boy should have, so they went before child support magistrate
Lu Ann Ballew at Cocke County Chancery Court on Thursday to decide the matter.
However, Ballew took issue not with the baby’s surname but his first: Messiah.
The baby’s full name was officially Messiah DeShawn Martin, but Ballew told the
baby’s parents that they must change it to Martin DeShawn McCullough, which
incorporates both mother and father’s surnames but leaves out Messiah.
“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 told WBIR.
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