Georgia has issued a birth certificate for a toddler with the last name "Allah" after initially declining to do so because that doesn't match either of the parents' last names, a civil rights group that sued on behalf of the parents said Thursday.
According to an ACLU news release, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk wanted to name their child ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah.
The ACLU filed to dismiss its case Thursday against the Department of Public Health once they got cooperation and were able to get the last name on the birth certificate due to a 2004 statute that trumped the state regulation. "That would be considered very inappropriate", Awad said in a phone interview.Young said he did not know if the couple were Muslim but that he considered the question legally irrelevant.
"This is an important vindication of parental rights and a long overdue victory for Elizabeth and Bilal", ACLU of Georgia Executive Director Andrea Young said. "No one wants to live in a world where the government can dictate what you can and cannot name your child."A spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Health declined to comment on the matter".
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The Department of Health's refusal to grant the birth certificate prevented the couple from getting a Social Security number, prevented them from obtaining medical coverage under Medicaid, and prevented them from obtaining food stamps through the SNAP program.
Lawyers for the parents argued that the law says the birth certificate shall include the surname "as designated by both parents". In addition, the state had issued birth certificates for two older sons with the same surname - "Allah" - without objection.