Thursday, January 30, 2014

Atlantic covers the topic of surnames for same-sex couples

Vicki Valosik has a long story in the Atlantic in September 2013 on surnames for same-sex couples, link here.

Couples sometimes want to change names for family socialization, or to make their rights seem stronger in case of disputes.

The article discusses a case where in DC a baby was allowed to have only the name of the biological mother, so the mother changed her surname too so that the other partner's name could be used, in order to establish a bond with the baby.

The problem gets difficult in states where same-sex couples cannot adopt, but only one member of the couple can adopt. 

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