Complaint filed on judge who changed baby's name
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In this undated photo provided by WBIR-TV, 7-month old Martin DeShawn McCullough is held by his mom, Jaleesa Martin. A judge in eastern Tennessee changed the boy's first name to Martin from "Messiah." Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change, saying Messiah is a title that has been earned by one person "and that one person is Jesus Christ."(AP Photo/WBIR-TV, Heidi Wigdahl)
In this undated photo provided by WBIR-TV, 7-month old Martin DeShawn McCullough is held by his mom, Jaleesa Martin. A judge in eastern Tennessee changed the boy's first name to Martin from "Messiah." Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change, saying Messiah is a title that has been earned by one person "and that one person is Jesus Christ."(AP Photo/WBIR-TV, Heidi Wigdahl)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a Tennessee magistrate for changing a baby's name from Messiah to Martin.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Board of Judicial Conduct on Wednesday accusing Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew of violating the state's code of judicial conduct.

At a paternity hearing last week, Ballew ordered a child's name changed from Messiah DeShawn Martin to Martin DeShawn McCullough. Martin is the surname of the child's mother, while McCullough is the surname of the child's father.

In her order, Ballew explained the change by saying that "'Messiah' is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ."

Ballew did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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