Feldhaus is a sergeant with the Army Reserve and a student at Augusta University.
When the court heard his petition, Feldhaus provided the necessary paperwork as well as an affidavit from his therapist confirming he’s transgender and that a name change is important to his treatment for gender dysphoria.
Judge Roper denied his petition, stating he wouldn’t grant the change because the middle name Feldhaus chose, Elijah, was not gender-neutral. He said he “do[es] not approve of changing names from male to female – male names to obvious female names, and vice versa.”
He said doing so is misleading and dangerous in some circumstances.