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Surname equality

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There’s an article in The Independent today about a guy who’s taken his wife’s surname.

Although this practice is not that common in Denmark, I think the UK is quite a bit behind Denmark in this regard. I definitely find it utterly bizarre that anybody would assume that a wife had taken her husband’s surname without asking her.

I also think Mr. Myddelton (né Dyer) should go to the European Court of Human Rights to get his £34 back – surely that’s a clear case of sex discrimination if a woman in the same situation wouldn’t have to pay!

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