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Judge Robert Stokes has issued a ruling in the case of a man who sued to change his name, claiming the court system didn’t do enough to protect him from discrimination.
The man, who lives in Claymont County, Ohio, had been named Claymont, but he says his new name, Jason Lee, is his legal name.
A federal judge agreed.
The man has been fighting to change the name of his child, who is now in Ohio.
The court system has agreed, Stokes ruled.
“While this case is unique, the court’s refusal to accept the amended application for the plaintiff’s name on the basis of an altered legal name is not unique,” the judge wrote in his ruling on Tuesday.
“We are not denying that the name change was a legitimate, and in fact, a necessary, action taken by the plaintiff,” he added.
While the court did not address the plaintiff in detail, it noted that the plaintiff had been the subject of “extensive scrutiny” in court.
Stokes ordered the plaintiff to submit documents related to his name change, which are due by June 10.