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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Transgendered Petitioner Denied Name Change

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that a transgender Rochester man must provide medical evidence to justify his request to change his first name from Sarah to Evan, a local judge has ruled. Allowing Sarah Rockefeller to change his name without evidence "would be fraught with danger of deception and confusion and contrary to the public interest," State Supreme Court Justice William P. Polito said in his ruling.  Instead, the judge suggested that the plaintiff simply use the name Evan without a formal name change.  (read the entire article)(last visited July 16, 2006) bgf

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