The New York Times recently published an article noting that more women are keeping their maiden names when they marry. According to Google, I'm hanging out with about 20 percent of women who decide to keep their maiden names. With same-sex unions now legal in all 50 states, the question of "what is your new last name" is sure to bubble up. Here are my reasons for holding onto the name on my birth certificate.
- We're equal partners. My thoughts, feelings, and needs are just as valid and important as his. We're not perfect and we get off balance, but we know we're happiest when we're closer to the equilibrium.
Everyone has their own reasons, maybe you share some with me or maybe you have your own. Keeping your name or not, as long as your authentic to the voice inside of you, I'm proud. Keep being you.