A Tennessee judge has ordered a mother to change her son's name from Messiah to Martin.
The judge's reasons that the name is only reserved for one.
“The word ‘Messiah’ is a title and it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” she says.
The little boy's mother, Jaleesa Martin, says she wound up in court initially for child support. She and the child’s father have different surnames and couldn’t agree on their son’s surname.
The judge instead “came out and said I'm going to change his first name,’ because she didn't like it,” Martin says.
“She gave us a recess and told us she was going to give us an hour to pick another name for Messiah and if we didn't, she was going to give him the name that she wanted him to have, which was Martin.”
The judge decided to name the boy Martin Deshawn McCalla.
HIs mom is now fighting for the right to call her son Messiah.
If she wins, she says she’d tell the judge, “I'm sorry that you have your own beliefs, but you have no right to change my child's name.”