Florida man's driving licence suspended - for taking his wife's name after marriage

Jan 29, 2013 Full story: www.independent.ie 20

A NEWLY married South Florida man who opted to take his wife's last name is fighting the state's Department of Motor Vehicles after it suspended his driving license on grounds of fraud.

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“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#1 Jan 29, 2013
If the state allows it for women, without them having to go through the formalities of court, then it should allow men to do the same. Otherwise it is blatant sex-discrimination. This is easy, maybe I'll become a judge.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#2 Jan 29, 2013
I've never understood why women put up with that crap.

Can you imagine a man being referred to as "Mr Becky Smith"? Yet no one think twice about referring to a woman a "Mrs John Smith".

Silly heteros......

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#3 Jan 29, 2013
RalphB wrote:
If the state allows it for women, without them having to go through the formalities of court, then it should allow men to do the same. Otherwise it is blatant sex-discrimination. This is easy, maybe I'll become a judge.
It's Florida, what do you expect from that state?

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#4 Jan 29, 2013
KittenKoder wrote:
<quoted text>
It's Florida, what do you expect from that state?
Let's just say they have fully lived up to my expectations of them.

“ reality, what a concept”

Since: Nov 07

this one

#5 Jan 29, 2013
The article doesn't go into any details, but the DMV had some sort of "hearing" on this and it actually determined that his name change was fraudulently obtained. A clerk going stupid can be expected every now and again, but a hearing indicates that the stupid is working its way up the food chain.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#6 Jan 29, 2013
RalphB wrote:
If the state allows it for women, without them having to go through the formalities of court, then it should allow men to do the same. Otherwise it is blatant sex-discrimination. This is easy, maybe I'll become a judge.
In New York, when a couple is married, regardless of the gender of the parties, each party may retain their surname, or change it to their spouse's surname, or either party may choose an entirely new name.

Most states allow a person to legally change their name simply by becoming known by the new name, without the necessity of filing court documents. But filing court documents for a name change does make it easier to get all of your ID and other paperwork changed.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#7 Jan 29, 2013
Cal In AZ wrote:
<quoted text>
In New York, when a couple is married, regardless of the gender of the parties, each party may retain their surname, or change it to their spouse's surname, or either party may choose an entirely new name.
Most states allow a person to legally change their name simply by becoming known by the new name, without the necessity of filing court documents. But filing court documents for a name change does make it easier to get all of your ID and other paperwork changed.
I agree it makes it easier, but if they want to make it mandatory, then it should be for both sexes.
Pauline

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jan 29, 2013
In most of the South you can marry your sister your coisen and aunt and uncles. Seems a little strange that Taking your wife's name without a sex change would be against the law.

Question if bill and Jill divorce does it mean they can no longer be brother and sister?

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#9 Jan 29, 2013
"I don't understand. I'm being treated like a highway criminal," said Dinh...

Yep. When bigots and fools are in power, you DO get treated like a criminal when you don't behave like they want you to.

I hope he can sue for damages.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#10 Jan 29, 2013
Florida gives driving licenses to blind old bats that can't see over the steering wheels of their cars.

“Marriage Equality”

Since: Dec 07

Lakeland, MI

#11 Jan 29, 2013
When my husband and I got married in upstate New York, the clerk asked us if either one or both of us were changing our names.

When we clearly hadn't thought of it before, she explained that under New York law, either one of us could take the other's name when we got married, or we could both concatenate both our names (i.e. with a hyphen), but that we were not allowed to choose a completely new last name with out going through the normal court procedures for a name change.

I thought that was interesting, but it didn't make a difference to use because neither one of us was interested in changing our name. So we didn't.

But it DOES make one wonder, since we live in Michigan, that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, I wonder what nightmares we would have had to go through had we WANTED to change our names?

We're truly surrounded by idiots.

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#12 Jan 29, 2013
eJohn wrote:
When my husband and I got married in upstate New York, the clerk asked us if either one or both of us were changing our names.
When we clearly hadn't thought of it before, she explained that under New York law, either one of us could take the other's name when we got married, or we could both concatenate both our names (i.e. with a hyphen), but that we were not allowed to choose a completely new last name with out going through the normal court procedures for a name change.
I thought that was interesting, but it didn't make a difference to use because neither one of us was interested in changing our name. So we didn't.
But it DOES make one wonder, since we live in Michigan, that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, I wonder what nightmares we would have had to go through had we WANTED to change our names?
We're truly surrounded by idiots.
You should have gone with the hyphen.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#13 Jan 29, 2013
eJohn wrote:
When my husband and I got married in upstate New York, the clerk asked us if either one or both of us were changing our names.
When we clearly hadn't thought of it before, she explained that under New York law, either one of us could take the other's name when we got married, or we could both concatenate both our names (i.e. with a hyphen), but that we were not allowed to choose a completely new last name with out going through the normal court procedures for a name change.
I thought that was interesting, but it didn't make a difference to use because neither one of us was interested in changing our name. So we didn't.
But it DOES make one wonder, since we live in Michigan, that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, I wonder what nightmares we would have had to go through had we WANTED to change our names?
We're truly surrounded by idiots.
You'd have to go to court and do it like your marriage never happened.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

St. Louis, MO

#14 Jan 29, 2013
snyper wrote:
Florida gives driving licenses to blind old bats that can't see over the steering wheels of their cars.
So THAT'S why they have Braille on drive-thru ATMs!!!!!!

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#15 Jan 29, 2013
eJohn wrote:
"I don't understand. I'm being treated like a highway criminal," said Dinh...
Yep. When bigots and fools are in power, you DO get treated like a criminal when you don't behave like they want you to.
I hope he can sue for damages.
I agree. SUE THEM ALL !

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#16 Jan 29, 2013
RalphB wrote:
If the state allows it for women, without them having to go through the formalities of court, then it should allow men to do the same. Otherwise it is blatant sex-discrimination. This is easy, maybe I'll become a judge.
You are right! It is blatant sex/gender discrimination. This could help the gay rights cause to some extent somewhere down the line.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#17 Jan 29, 2013
I don't understand why driving privileges are suspended when it has nothing to do with his driving record.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#18 Jan 29, 2013
equalityboy81 wrote:
I don't understand why driving privileges are suspended when it has nothing to do with his driving record.
I agree. It's nonsensical.
JrEsq

El Segundo, CA

#19 Jan 29, 2013
snyper wrote:
Florida gives driving licenses to blind old bats that can't see over the steering wheels of their cars.
More evidence of the existence of the slippery slope.

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#20 Jan 29, 2013
snyper wrote:
Florida gives driving licenses to blind old bats that can't see over the steering wheels of their cars.
MORE evidence that people in The South are still marrying their cousins, rotating the tires on their homes, and wondering what the word "shoes" means....

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