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Man fights to legally take his wife's last name

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(WMC-TV) - A Mississippi man fought an uphill battle in order to defy tradition and take his wife's last name.

Robert Everhart, formerly known as Robert McCarthy, made it official Wednesday.

Everhart's decision to change his last name on his driver's license became an uphill battle. When he first tried changing his name at the Pascagoula driver's license station, he was turned down despite having his marriage license and a new social security card.

He was told he would need a court order because it was not traditional.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi then sent a letter to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner that said the agency was violating state and federal law.

"State law clearly states that it's his right to be able to change his name," said Amelia McGowan, ACLU.

DPS spokesman Warren Strain said Everhart's request was unusual and the employees at the driver's license station were operating under an old practice. He said those workers were later informed that men can use marriage certificates to change their names, just like women do.

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