NEWPORT, Tenn. - A Tennessee judge has ruled in favor of parents who want their 8-month-old baby to be named "Messiah."
At a paternity hearing last month, child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew was asked to decide Messiah Deshawn Martin's surname.
She ended up changing the baby's first name as well, saying that Messiah was a title reserved for Jesus Christ.
That decision quickly made international news.
On Wednesday, Chancellor Telford E. Forgety Jr. overturned that decision, ruling that the lower court acted unconstitutionally. He said the lower court violated the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The child's mother, Jaleesa Martin, expressed relief after the hearing. She says the original ruling was "ridiculous" and says she is glad the court fight is over.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
One person will win a three-year lease on a 2013 Honda Civic Lx Sedan automatic.
Click to see the latest mugshots, plus this week's wanted fugitives.
This feature packed upgrade brings you faster performance, easier navigation, and stunning improvements to photos, video and readability.
Latest News Stories
Donations may be falling short as thousands of graves could go without a wreath decorating their headstones ahead of the holidays in Arlington National Cemetery.