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