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A woman is challenging a judge's ruling that she cannot change her surname without her husband's permission.

Lucille Anne Riccitelli has filed an appeal of a probate judge's decision in Superior Court, saying she would like to use her maiden name because there are no more men to carry it on, according to court papers.The American Civil Liberties Union's Rhode Island affiliate said Monday it would back Riccitelli in her fight. She already is using her maiden name of Riccitelli, instead of her married name of Martin, on all legal documents except one bank account.

On March 8, Providence Probate Judge Anthony B. Sciarretta asked Riccitelli her marital status ``and upon learning that she was married and would not obtain her husband's written consent, denied her petition,' Riccitelli's lawyer, A. Gregory Frazier, said in court papers filed Friday.

Riccitelli's husband, Edward Martin, said he supports his wife's efforts. However, Frazier said Riccitelli, 41, doesn't ``feel she has any obligation to get her husband's permission.'

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