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Mother Names Child 'Messiah', Judge Orders Her To Change It

There's a debate brewing in Tennessee after a mother decided to name her baby "Messiah," only to have a judge order her to change it.

The parents were in court, arguing over the child's last name, when his first name came into question.

On the baby's birth certificate it reads "Messiah Deshawn Martin."  But the mother and father could not agree on a last name, which is how they ended up at a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery court.

The Child Support Judge ordered his name be, "Martin Mccullough." It includes both parents' last names, but leaves out "Messiah."

"The word 'Messiah' is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ," Judge Lu Ann Ballew said.

Ballew also said the decision is best for the child while growing up in a county with a large Christian population.

The mother's two older children are named Micah and Mason. She liked the name Messiah, and thought it was unique. She is appealing the judge's decision.

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