Grand Divisions

Tennessee Equality Project seeks to advance and protect the civil rights of our State’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in each Grand Division.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Same-sex binational couple denied name change on driver's license: Video from WREG

WREG in Memphis broke the story of a same-sex binational couple (the Smarts) who tried to get a name change on a driver's license and ended up not getting a driver's license at all. TEP is attempting to explore whether there may be administrative options for rectifying these issues that couples are having all over Tennessee.  The long-term solution, of course, is challenging Tennessee's marriage discrimination amendment in court.

We're well aware that couples can get their names changed by going to court and paying around $200. That's discriminatory, though, and we'd love to find a way for them to be able to avoid that trouble and expense. Earlier on Thursday, Huffington Post ran this piece about the difficulties that couples in Georgia and Tennessee are having with the issue.  Stay tuned for more developments.

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