Par­ents win bat­tle over tod­dler’s last name of ‘Al­lah’

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ATLANTA | 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.

The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Ge­or­gia sued last month on be­half of El­iz­a­beth Handy and Bi­lal Walk, who had cho­sen the name Za­lyKha Grace­ful Lor­raina Al­lah.

The group said it is drop­ping its law­suit be­cause the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Health has is­sued a birth cer­tifi­cate with the name the cou­ple had cho­sen.

Now that the 23-month-old child has a birth cer­tifi­cate, her par­ents, who are ex­pect­ing an­other child in July, can get a So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber for her, which will make it pos­si­ble for them to ac­cess

med­i­cal cov­er­age and en­roll her in pub­lic school, the ACLU said.

A De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health lawyer had ar­gued state law re­quires a baby’s sur­name to be that of the fa­ther or the mother for the ini­tial birth record.

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