A judge in Tennessee is under fire for ordering a couple to change their baby’s name from Messiah to Martin. The boy’s mother and father, who aren’t married, were in court because they couldn’t agree on a last name for the child. To their surprise, judge Lu Ann Ballew changed his first name, too. “Messiah is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ,” she ruled. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration, Messiah is an increasingly popular name for American babies. The judge’s ruling is being appealed.
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