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Tennessee AG: Parents can't give kids new last names

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In this July 21, 2005, file photo, Bob Cooper attends a meeting of the Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission in Nashville, Tenn. Cooper announced on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, that he will seek a second eight-year term as attorney general.

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2014 8:55 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Tennessee's attorney general says married parents can't invent new last names for their children.

Attorney General Bob Cooper writes in a legal opinion that state law limits the options to the last name of either the father or the mother, or both.

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