In re Anderson, 030519 MDSCA, 2446-2017

Docket Nº:2446-2017
Opinion Judge:PER CURIAM.
Party Name:IN THE MATTER OF DERRICK ANDERSON
Judge Panel:Graeff, Arthur, Moylan, Charles E., Jr. (Senior Judge, Specially Assigned), JJ.
Case Date:March 05, 2019
Court:Court of Special Appeals of Maryland
 
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IN THE MATTER OF DERRICK ANDERSON

No. 2446-2017

Court of Special Appeals of Maryland

March 5, 2019

Circuit Court for Prince George's County Case No. CAE27-35926

Graeff, Arthur, Moylan, Charles E., Jr. (Senior Judge, Specially Assigned), JJ.

OPINION [*]

PER CURIAM.

Derrick Donnell Anderson filed a petition to change his name to Derrick Donnell Bey in the Circuit Court for Prince George's County. Additionally, Mr. Bey sought to change his race and nationality from "AFRICAN/AMERICAN, U.S. citizen" to "Moor/Americas Aboriginal national 'Not a United States citizen.'" On January 17, 2017, the circuit court entered an order changing appellant's name from Derrick Donnell Anderson to Derrick Donnell Bey, but declining to change his race and nationality. Mr. Bey now appeals, claiming that the court erred in not entering an order changing his race and nationality to "Moor/Americas Aboriginal national" so that he could "cease being a 14th Amendment U.S. Citizen[.]" Because the court lacked the authority to grant Mr. Bey's request, we affirm.

Although Maryland Rule 15-901 allows a person to file a petiton for change of name, there is no Maryland law that gives the circuit court the authority to enter an order changing a person's race and nationality such that they would cease to be a United States citizen. Nor does the court's refusal to do so under the circumstance violate the Maryland Declaration of Rights, as Mr. Bey claims. Rather, voluntary renunciation of United States citizenship is controlled by federal law, specifically 8 U.S.C § 1481. Mr. Bey asserts that Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United...

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