Man names baby 'Sarah McCain Palin' behind wife's back
A Tennessee man couldn't give much to the McCain/Palin campaign, so he gave his child's nomenclature.
"I took one for the cause," said Mark Ciptak of Elizabethton. "This is a little token to the McCain camp, and we are strong supporters of that ticket." Ciptak put "Sarah McCain Palin Ciptak" on his newborn daughter's birth certificate documents, ignoring the name he and his wife picked earlier.
"We actually came up with the name Ava Grace, and I secretively went and got another set of forms," Ciptak said. His wife Layla, he told the Kingsport Times-News still didn't know what he had done when he first talked to them. "Only some friends and family members who I have called for prayer support know at this point," he said. In a follow-up, Ciptak said that "she was not quite fond of me or of what I have done, but we've had some time to talk it over, and she has been really supportive through it all."
Ciptak's in-laws, on the other hand, are "planning my funeral behind my back," he said. "There's some resentment from the family."
The Ciptaks are considering reverting their daughter's name to "Ava Grace," but Mark said he doesn't regret his original move. "If anything, to show some encouragement to someone out there, that if something so simple as naming her what I named her has such a huge impact from just such a little, tangible thing, that we can really do anything," he said. "It encourages me that we can do more."