Husband finally allowed to take wife's name
It's a pathetic state of affairs for a country that prides itself on being a fully modern Western democracy when a married couple has to file a lawsuit and get the American Civil Liberties Union involved just so the husband can take the wife's family name.
When Michael Buday married Diana Bijon in California, he decided to take his wife's family name because he felt closer to her father than his own. Instead of the routine name change he was expecting, Michael discovered that "it would take a $US350 (A374) fee, courtappearances, a public announcement and mounds of paperwork to makea change on his driving licence that is routine for women whomarry."
After two years and legal representation from the American Civil Liberties Union, Michael Bijon was finally granted his wish today.