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Arizona Ruling: Gender Transition Not A Reason To Deny Name Change

An Arizona appeals court says state law doesn’t permit judges to deny name-change requests made only because the requesting person wants the new name to reflect a gender transition.

The Court of Appeals made that ruling Tuesday in a decision that overturned a Yuma County Superior Court judge’s denial of a name-change petition.

The judge had ruled with elaborating that the requesting person hadn’t shown so-called good cause for the name-change request, and Court of Appeals said the judge’s stated reason for denying the request didn’t track with state law.