Gender-based surnames struck down

  • 2003-08-21
  • Darius James Ross
VILNIUS - In a landmark decision that could overturn Lithuania's centuries-old tradition of distinguishing a woman's marital status by surname, a Klaipeda regional court has ruled that a local woman has the right to register her name without adding a suffix indicating that she is married.The court's decision, an-nounced on Aug. 16, will allow the plaintiff, 25-year-old Vilija Bartasiute, to register her last name after her upcoming marriage as Vilija Rudis, instead of Vilija Rudiene as would be customary in Lithuania.Speaking to reporters in Klaipeda, Bartasiute said the she and her fiance ...
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