FL won’t give license to MA gay under his married name
A new Florida resident says the local DMV office in Naples refused to issue him a new drivers license for that state because he earlier changed his name when marrying another man in Massachusetts.
Anyone applying to transfer their drivers license to Florida must have a valid drivers license in another state, a social security card and birth certificate or Passport.
And that’s just want David Scott Duseau says he took with him to the DMV desk at a local tax collector’s office, along with his marriage certificate from Massachusetts.
And even though both his drivers license and social security card now have his married name, he tells OutQ News a Collier County DMV official wouldn’t recognize his new name because it was through a same-sex marriage.
Duseau: “I was pretty humiliated at the time, and angry. To be turned down by my government, that I support, was pretty infuriating actually.”
Florida, like many other states who haven’t approved them, doesn’t recognizes same-sex marriges from anywhere else.
The DMV says the only option for Duseau is for him to get a court order for the state to honor his new name.
Duseau says that’s unfair, and forces him to go through extra steps a straight person wouldn’t be subjected to.
The Collier County Tax Collector’s office and state DMV officials in Tallahassee have yet to respond to OutQ News for comment.
–Steve Newman in Sarasota