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Quebec Spouses' Right to Choose Their Family Name

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PETITION TO THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE OF QUÉBEC

We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Canada, draw the attention of The Honourable Bertrand St-Arnaud, the Minister of Justice of Québec, to the following:

Section 393 of the Civil Code of Quebec states that women and men in Quebec must exercise their civil rights under their maiden name.

Name change is a basic legal act that is recognized in practically all legal systems to allow an individual the opportunity to adopt a name other than the name given at birth, marriage, or adoption.

It is a fundamental human right blatantly ignored by Section 393 of the Civil Code of Quebec.

Today, a married woman who lives in Quebec is FORCED by law to retain her maiden name and her maiden name (i.e. her father's name!) is what defines her in all legal documents (health card, driver’s license, passport, credit card, etc.).

This rule applies to all spouses domiciled in Quebec, even if they were married outside Quebec. Today in Quebec, married women are not forced and expected to go by their married names anymore, but forced to keep their maiden names.

If some women do not wish to change their names and choose to keep for the rest of their lives their maiden ones, it is their choice and the law must protect this choice. But other women or men who desire to use their spouse's surname should also be given the choice to choose which name they wish to officially use upon their marriage.

The law should legitimize both options.

A common surname symbolizes strength, bondage, kinship. Also, in the case of immigrant women who marry Quebecers, changing the surname would give them a better chance to feel integrated in this society.

Married men are also deprived of their freedom of choice, but I think that the issue affects more women than men as few men wish to take their wife's surname.

THEREFORE, we, the petitioners, call upon the Minister of Justice of Québec to amend Section 393 of the Civil Code of Quebec that states that women and men in Quebec must exercise their civil rights under their maiden name.

We are not asking for anything that is not known or used in the rest of Canada. We are not asking for the enactment of an utterly foreign, non-western concept in the body of the Canadian law or society.

We are asking that women and men who live in Quebec have the same rights as women and men in English Canada.

It is time to put an end to this diminishing and dictatorial law and give spouses in Quebec FREEDOM OF CHOICE.

Madi Lussier

Sponsor

http://www.cireport.ca

Links

Quebec Spouses’ Right to Choose Their Family Name

Open letter to the Government of Quebec: Quebec’s Civil Code denies spouses’ basic freedom of choice

  • Pasha Perry
    Pasha Perry Canada, Provost
    May 21, 2015
    May 21, 2015
    Couples should have a right to make their own choice if they want the same name or not. People say its an equality thing of something like that, but everybody has different reasons why they do or do not want to take the name of their spouse, and yes, I said spouse, not husband, men should be able to decide (as a couple with their wife) to take the woman's name too if they want to. How's that for equality? The option to chose mans last name, woman's last name, or your birth name. Lets be fair shall we?
  • Kathy Perry
    Kathy Perry United States, Louisville
    May 21, 2015
    1
    May 21, 2015
    I was honored to take my husbands last name. It was a choice for me to do so and I choose to. I changed my childrens last name to his when he adopted him. I think if you want true freedom for women let EITHER partner choose if they want to take the man or womans name
    • Kathy Perry
      Kathy Perry United States, Louisville
      May 21, 2015
      May 21, 2015
      Also I am Canadian
  • Kristelle
    Kristelle Canada, Lachine
    May 16, 2015
    May 16, 2015
    I mean. Just look at my last name. Imagine the fate of my children if husband has a long last name. Besides. It should be my right and my choice on whether or not I keep my maiden name. La liberté d'une personne se termine là où la liberté de l'autre commence. C'est fou de limiter une personne afin de vouloir libérer une autre. La liberté pour tous et pour toutes!!
  • poosha ramphul
    poosha ramphul Canada, Richmond Hill
    May 11, 2015
    May 11, 2015
    it's more than just a name. It's a symbol of love and unity as a married couple . As a family with kids.. its cultural.. it's my pride and commitment. I just wishes to exercise my right to choose.. for myself.. I am distraught as I wish to take my husband name after marriage..
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