posted by bitchphd
On the marriage license application, which now costs $70 to file in L.A. County, Bijon could simply fill in her last name or her soon-to-be husband's last name.More power to them. It's always cool when men file lawsuits for gender equity that involves claiming a traditionally feminine 'privilege,' rather than in order to retain their manly rights or to undermine women's equality.
But if Buday wanted to become a Bijon, he would have to get an order of the court to do so — and not before he had filed a petition, paid $320, advertised public notice of his intention to change his name for four weeks in a local newspaper and then appeared before a judge.
"It strikes both of us — especially me — that this is not on equal ground," said Buday, now married to Bijon for more than a year but reduced to still using his, well, maiden name. "This is about gender equality."
Best wishes to the Bijons for a long and happy marriage.