Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Names They Are A Changin

Leave it to California to always be a step ahead. Thanks to a lawsuit filed by a man from Los Angeles, it is now just as easy for a Californian man to take his wife's last name as it is for her to take his last name!

Michael Buday wanted to take his wife's last name and was surprised to find that doing so would be a lot more complicated and expensive then the other way around. So he and his wife filed a lawsuit, and now state law guarantees the rights of both married couples and registered domestic partners to choose whichever last name they prefer on their marriage and driving licenses.

I'll be taking my fiance's last name, but I do believe it's an individual choice and people should be able to chose whatever name or combination of names that best suits their situation. Yay for California!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to knock California, but they're no pioneers. Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York and North Dakota all already allow men to change their names upon marriage as easily as women. Only 43 more states to go!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 6:58:00 PM  
Blogger Kim Vallee said...

I am happily married since 1994. I am glad I kept my name and that he kept his. In Quebec (Canada), women do not change their name when they get married. I could have taken his name through the usual name change process as well as him. Since the passage of the law, I do not know a woman that took the name of her husband. The sense of forming a family and a couple is not altered by that fact.

California ruling may seem progressive but I think the Quebec way is the one that makes more sense in a modern society. Here is why I think like that. People are getting married at on older ages than in the past and with the women having careers, a woman has usually made a name for herself. Before the laws, many female consultants were working under two names. Changing costs time and money in paperwork.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 9:04:00 PM  

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