Gay couples confront the dilemma of choosing a family name

  • Article by: JACOB BERNSTEIN , New York Times
  • Updated: December 30, 2013 - 9:28 AM

For years, determining the last name for a family hasn’t been easy. Now gay couples are confronting the dilemma.

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LicoriceDec. 29, 13 3:21 PM

It's everyone's personal choice. I said at the time that I was marrying my spouse for his short last name, 5 letters vs. the 10 in my birth name. I was 19 at the time, and although he is now long deceased, my entire adult life record bears this last name. If I were to remarry, I would seriously consider keeping the name I've built my identity around.

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roberth999Dec. 29, 1311:04 PM

You'd be better off figuring who's going to be the legal guardian of your children when you get divorced. You can share legal custody but not both of you can have physical custody. So good luck with that. Welcome to the real world.

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bannedmuggsDec. 30, 13 8:14 AM

Oh, what a terrible dilemma. Wow, life is so confusing.

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Slider451Jan. 2, 14 2:07 PM

I like the idea of choosing a new name together, either a mashup or something completely different. You both marry into a new family so why not a new name?

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