A Georgia couple has reportedly filed a suit against the country after they were denied birth certificates certificate for their newborn with the last name they dedicated her Allah.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia filed a suit against the country on behalf of the members of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday. The 22 -month-old child does not currently have a birth certificate and, as a result, the couple said they cannot get a Social Security number for her.
We have to make sure that the state isnt overstepping their boundaries, Walk said. It is just plainly unfair and a violation of our rights.
State officers contend that the childs proposed last name would not fit the states naming conventions, the paper reported. Officers said the last name should be Handy, Walk or a combination of the two. Lawyers representing the state said Georgia requires that a babys surname be either that of the father of the mother for the application of the initial birth record.
General counsel Sidney Barrett wrote in a letter that once the birth certificate is induced, the childs name could be changed by petitioning superior court.
The ACLU said the states decision was an example of government overreach and a violation of the First and 14 amendments. The group said that the couples son who has the last name Allah without any issue.
The couple said they have been dealing with this issue since May 2015 and the fight has maintained them from being able to attain medical coverage and food snaps through SNAP. They added that the name had nothing to do with religion.
Simply put, we have a personal recognizing also that we exercise in regards to the names, Walk said. It is nothing that we want to go into detail about, because it is not important. What is important is the language of the statute and our rights as parents.
The couple hopes to get the issue determined promptly. Handy is six months pregnant.
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