Court Refuses Name Change to Lesbian

Essex County, Pennsylvania Judge Anthony J. Iuliani denied an application for a change of name to Jill Bacharach because she is a lesbian. Bacharach applied for a name change to include the last name of her life partner, testifying in her hearing that she considers her same sex partner to be family, and wanted her name to reflect that relationship. Judge Iuliani refused, fearing the name change would imply that the couple were married. A staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that New Jersey courts routinely grant name changes, and that the law allows for few legitimate reasons to refuse an application„among them attempts to evade prosecution or debt. The ACLU filed an appeal in the case with the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.


ACLU News _ September 21, 2000

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