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A Georgia couple wants to name their daughter 'Allah.' The courts won't let them.


The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Georgia because it won't let a couple make "Allah" their daughter's last name.

The parents, Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, want to name their child ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah. ZalyKha is two months shy of her second birthday.

But state officials at the Department of Public Health said Georgia law requires the daughter's last name to be either Handy, Walk or a combination of the two, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Government has no business telling parents what they can and cannot name their children.
Andrea Young, ACLU of Georgia Executive Director

Handy and Walk say the state won't grant their daughter a birth certificate, which means they cannot get Medicaid coverage or food stamps. 

State officials suggested the family could give their daughter a legal name, then petition to change it through a petition.

The family insists the name is not about religion, despite it being the Arabic name for God. They liked it because it was "noble."

"What is important is the language of the statue and our rights as parents," Walk said.

Should the couple be allowed to name their daughter 'Allah'?
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