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(NEWPORT, TENN.) — An eight-month-old Tennessee baby will be able to keep his unusual name after a judge reversed a court order Wendesday, to change his name from Messiah.

Last month, Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the baby’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, to change the child’s first name from Messiah to Martin. She believed it would offend local citizens because it is a name held by Jesus Christ and may place an undue burden on the boy.

A higher judge ruled the name Messiah was fine, as long as both parents agree to it.

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