There's currently an ongoing situation in South Africa where hundreds of married women who opted (on the marriage registration forms) to keep their maiden names have been finding out that the Department of Home Affairs changed their names anyway (over their wishes). The women only found out last month when they went to vote in the municipal elections and found out that they were registered under the wrong names. Now the Dept is insisting that the women obviously didn't know how to fill out the form correctly so its their fault, silly little darlings that they obviously are (not actual wording, but heavily implied in tone). There's a lawyer gathering a list of cases to start trying to take legal action.
Thanks for mentioning it. I'll look up that story and follow it as the lawsuit progresses!
update from friend who lodged case:
#Marriednames is a greater victory than I thought.
The Department of Home Affairs has agreed, not only to change back the names of affected women and help them to get new birth certificates for their children if needs be, but they have also undertaken to:
* train staff to address bias or preconceived notions;
* include a compulsory “chosen name” tab on its system;
* disallow the “default” option (woman takes husband’s surname); and
* If Part C (surname) part of marriage form is incomplete, officials have a duty to follow up with individuals.