published Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Tennessee denying name changes to same-sex couples

Tennessee is turning away same-sex couples married in other states who seek to have their names changed on driver's licenses and other state documents.

State legislators banned same-sex marriage in a statute and voters did the same in the state constitution.

The result is, as more Tennessee couples go to 1 of the 13 states and Washington, D.C., where same-sex marriages are recognized, they are having trouble getting it recognized back home. Complicating matters is the federal government now recognizes same-sex couples and allows Social Security cards to be issued in married names.

The Tennessean reports that attorneys are recruiting potential couples for a lawsuit challenging the state's ban.

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