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Judge can’t deny gender-transition name change

PHOENIX — 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 without 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.

The appellate court said Arizona’s law on changing names doesn’t require a showing of good cause. It also said the requester satisfied the law’s disclosure requirements related to any financial commitments, felony convictions, pending charges or criminal intentions.

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