A dude in LA has won the legal right to change his surname to that of his new wife.
Michael Buday married Diana Bijon and wanted to become Michael Bijon.
Now he is. But it took two years, a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination and a
change in California law before he picked up his new drivers license in
the name of Michael Bijon on Monday.
“It was personal. I feel much closer to (Diana’s) father than I do
mine. She asked me to take her name and I thought it would be very
simple. I never imagined the state would make it so difficult,” Michael
Bijon, 31, told reporters.
He discovered it would take a $350 fee, court appearances, a public
announcement and mounds of paperwork to make a change on his driving
license that is routine for women who marry.
After months of frustration, the Los Angeles computer programmer and
his ER nurse wife Diana, 29, took their problem to the American Civil
Liberties Union of Southern California.
A double barrel name would have been no problem, nor would Diana and
Michael deciding to each keep their birth names. But California and
some 40 other U.S. states provided no place on the marriage license
application, and driving license, for the groom to choose the bride’s
“Women have fought for so long for equal rights and it feels like
this is part of that fight,” said Diana Bijon. “When we got married,
the law basically said, ‘Don’t be silly, only a woman can change her
name when she gets married.'”
“I am really, really proud of him. Not many men would do this,”
She’s right about that. My friends who are in their forties pretty much all kept their names when they got married. But my friends in their thirties and twenties all changed theirs. I don’t know anyone who has done the double-barrel thing, let alone gone with the wife’s name. Rad.
Odd that it’s such a surprising thing to do really…..