March 25, 2014

What's in a Belgian Name? Politics

Claire Davenport, Wall Street Journal

The Associated Press

Under pressure from the European Court of Human Rights, Belgian lawmakers have tried for 15 years to introduce a law that would allow parents to choose which last name they give their children—the mother's, the father's or both. Until now, Belgian municipalities have refused to register children under any last name other than the father's. Lawmakers supporting a rule change may have succeeded last week after a narrow vote. But they also might be celebrating too early, as conservative camps are expected to make a last attempt to overturn it.

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