Florida tells same-sex couple to change their names back or lose their driver’s licenses

Nov 13, 2014
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BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A same-sex couple living in Florida who used their marriage license to change their names on their driver’s licenses just received a letter from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles warning them that they are both in danger of losing their licenses.

Florida tells same-sex couple to change their names back or lose their drivers licenses

The warning came in the mail after Channel 9 did a story on how Daniel and Scott Wall-Desousa managed to legally change their name with an out-of-state marriage license.

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“It informs me and notifies me that my driving privileges will be canceled indefinitely as of Nov. 22,” said Daniel Wall-Desousa

The Wall-Desousas successfully changed their names at the DMV by showing their marriage license.

When Channel 9 reported on the name change, Scott Wall-Desousa said the clerk was told to not ask questions if the license was issued to a same-sex couple and simply grant the name change.

“It is a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell‘ policy, and I guess we have been told, ‘Here is the repercussion,'” said Scott Wall-Desousa.

But their new last names are already on federal documents like Social Security cards and other documentation like voter ID cards and their work badges.

“Everything has been changed to my benefits, to my Florida pension. How does one undo all that,” said Daniel Wall-Desousa.

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