Tenn. Court: Parents May Name Baby 'Messiah'

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A Tennessee judge has ruled in favor of parents who want to name their 8-month-old baby "Messiah."

At a paternity hearing last month, the parents -- Jaleesa Martin and Jawaan McCullough -- asked the court to rule on the baby's last name.

The child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ruled on the baby's last name but also ordered his first name be changed as well. She said "Messiah" was a title reserved for Jesus Christ.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled the lower court acted unconstitutionally.

Martin's attorney, Kristi Davis, applauded the decision.

"I think it's truly a recognition by the citizens of our country that when a judge oversteps his or her bounds and infringes on the constitutional rights of the people that come in front of them, it's something that we don't like, and it's something that we pay attention to," she said.

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