By: Mira Kelley
Blogger - Aspiring Photographer/Writer/Creative Director - Social and Legal Enthusiast
Georgia - When Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk had their baby girl they chose to name her ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah. To their surprise her last name was rejected by the health department who claimed that it was in violation for not being the same as her mother or fathers. However, here is the twist! According to CNN, the parents' three year old son had no issue obtaining this last name, neither did Walk's sixteen year old son when he was born and the circumstances were exactly the same.
Luckily, alongside the ACLU of Georgia the parents are suing for the right to name their daughter what they originally chose. This case demonstrates just how statutes/laws can be misinterpreted and stretched to fit the desires and/or wants of the government (no matter if they are moral or not). The law in question requires that a last name be connected to a "bonafide cultural tradition". I suppose Allah and its representation of the parents' spirituality wasn't "cultural" enough? I wish them well in their fight. Comment below and let us know what you think!
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