Isn't that ridiculous?!
|Photo of Mr. and Ms. Dinh, Courtesy of Reuters|
Apparently, only a few states have received the memo that women are not just chattel who are passed from their fathers to their husbands. Only nine states - nine! - have gender neutral marriage name change laws: California, New York, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Oregon, Iowa, Georgia, and North Dakota.
The whole incident makes me even more grateful to be involved with The Last Name Project and reminds us all that our laws, not just our traditions, still reinforce the good ole' patriarchal status quo!
I'd love to hear from men who changed their names when they got married. Did you have go through an alternative route? Did you encounter legal resistance?