Friday, December 15, 2006

They're Making a Federal Case Out of It

Diana Bijon could have taken husband Mike Buday's last name by simply writing it on their marriage license application.

But if Buday wanted to become a Bijon, he would have to get an order of the court to do so — and not before he had filed a petition, paid $320, advertised public notice of his intention to change his name for four weeks in a local newspaper and then appeared before a judge.

"It strikes both of us — especially me — that this is not on equal ground," said Buday, now married to Bijon for more than a year but reduced to still using his, well, maiden name. "This is about gender equality." [Link]
The couple's case has been taken up by the ACLU, which will argue that the additional costs and delay violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. I'm no lawyer, but I'm almost certain this is why the 14th Amendment was adopted.

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