Would You Still Get Married if This Was Required by Law?
To change your last name, or to not change your last name, that is the question... that a lot of people have!
In case you didn't know, I'm getting married in December! So naturally, I'm a part of a couple of bridal Facebook groups and I have seen many posts about what some brides are deciding to do with their last name and why. I'm choosing to take my fiancé's last name. I either wanted to do that or make them hyphenated. For me personally, I didn't like the idea of eventually having kids and not having the same last name as them.
But a recent study published by "Gender Issues" says that half of Americans think it should be required by law for the woman to take the man's last name. I have many problems with this because there are so many personal things to come into play when deciding what to do with your last name once you're married.
I've heard of brides who want to keep their last name or hyphenate them because their last name is a part of who they were growing up and don't want to give that up. I've also seen people who are doctors, or going to become doctors, say that they're hyphenating their name because their husband wasn't the one who worked for the degree (I think this reasoning is valid and also hilarious!). One of the best ideas I've seen is the bride and groom mushed their last names together!
How would you feel if you were forced to take your husband's last name? Would you still get married?