Judge under fire for declining transgender man’s request for name change

by FoxNews.com  |  published on June 12, 2016

A Georgia judge is under fire for refusing to change the name of a transgender man, saying his choice was too masculine and could be misleading.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday that attorneys for Rowan Feldhaus filed a brief with the Georgia Court of Appeals this week saying that Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper overstepped his authority by refusing to allow Feldhaus to change his name from Rebeccah Elizabeth to Rowan Elijah.

The 24-year-old Feldhaus was born a female but identifies as a male, according to the paper. Roper heard the petition for a name change in February and turned it down in March. Roper apparently had an issue with Feldhaus’ choice of Elijah as a middle name.

“I don’t know anybody named Elijah who’s female,” Roper said, per a hearing transcript. “I’m not going to do that. I’ve never heard of that. And I know who Elijah was, one of the greatest men that ever lived.”

Feldhaus was a former sergeant in the Army Reserve and attended Augusta University. Feldhaus said in a statement that he felt insulted and objectified to be told he can’t use the name that his family, friends and even co-workers already use.

  • Jack Burns

    Why is this a story?

  • Thomas Burlew

    Why is the US so STUPID and BACKWARDS by NOT ALLOWING Transgenders to legally change their names once they have TRANSFORMED!
    Obama’s America is the ONLY Country in the FREE World to DENY Transgenders proper recognition instead of TOTAL DISCRIMINATION! This is WRONG and DENIES a Transitioned Transgender HUMAN RIGHTS! WAKE UP America and JOIN your neighbours and World Partners in DOING THE RIGHT THING recognizing Transgenders and Human Beings and ALLOW THEM TO CHANGE THEIR NAME to their new gender!!! Canada,Australia, the UK ALL SUPPORT Transgenders by their NEW NAMES!!! Wisconsin also allows Transgenders to be whole and supported people NOT Outcasts!!!

  • Wolfman

    It is my understanding that IT first asked the judge to changes IT’s name to Kunt A. Dick…..but the judge refused because the name was to gender confusing……???

  • Robert Briggs


    Feldhaus was a former sergeant in the Army Reserve, will really, feel insulted

    when he wake up in a real Hell Fire. Read Deuteronomy Chapter 22 verse 5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God. and Revelation Chapter 21 verse 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. King James Bible
    MN1 Robert Briggs
    USN Retired
    Vietnam Veteran.

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  • Rodney Steward

    Thank you Judge, it’s time they started standing up for the Oath they took, and there is NOT one thing in the Oath about kissing a queers butt, time to buck up to the PC BS!

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