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Mexico City Lawmakers Approve Transgender Rights Bill

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Transgender FlagA bill that would legally allow transgender people to change their gender without a court order was approved by lawmakers.

The Washington Blade reports:

Members of Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, in which Mexico City is located, approved the measure by a 42-0 vote margin. Six lawmakers abstained from the vote on the measure that Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera proposed. Manuel Granados Covarrubias of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, known by the Spanish acronym PRD, welcomed the proposal’s approval. “It eliminates cumbersome trials and judicial proceedings, procedures, to generate the administrative change of a legal action to which everyone has the right,” said Granados in a press release the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District released after lawmakers approved the measure. “Their dignity is also recognized.”

Since the mayor proposed it, it seems likely he will sign it. 🙂

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USA, New Jersey: Amidst Scandal, Governor Christie Finds Time to Veto Transgender Bill

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris ChristieApparently the George Washington Bridge scandal hasn’t taken up all of Chris Christie’s time.

Joe.My.God reports:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have granted transgender citizens the right to change their names on their birth certificates. The bill was approved by the state Assembly in June by a vote of 43-27 and by the state Senate in December by a vote of 21-11. Christie’s veto is “absolute” – which means that a 2/3 majority in both chambers (27 votes in the Senate; 54 votes in the Assembly) is now required to override.

Whe? What’s so threatening about people being able to change their legal names because they are transgender? Of all the hills to take a stand on…

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USA, Georgia: Married Lesbian Woman Denied Name Change on Drivers License

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Georgia mapA legally married lesbian woman in Georgia is being denied a name change on her drivers license because of the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, just like in Tennessee.

Gay Star News reports:

The US state of Georgia is refusing to allow an out-of-state married lesbian to change her name on her drivers license despite allowing her wife to do the same. Employees at a Georgia Department of Driver Services office didn’t deny wife Shakira McCollum-Tucker’s application to hyphenate her name when she sought to replace an expiring license. But when Danielle McCollum-Tucker sought to use their Maine issued marriage license in her application to add Shakira’s surname to the end of her surname a few weeks later, employees refused her – saying Shakira’s license had been issued in error.

As we said before, how petty can you get?

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Ohio, USA: Columbus Gay Couple Told to Lie About Marriage to Get Last Name Change

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

When Stephen Hill and Joshua Snyder went to the courthouse to officially hyphenate their last names together, they ended up pulled aside in a room with the magistrate. The Columbus, Ohio, couple were celebrating their one-year anniversary after having been married in Washington, D.C.

Snyder says “it was kind of humiliating” to expect a name change would be no big deal and have it turn out so differently. “They basically told us to lie. They didn’t use the word ‘lie,’ but they basically said if you use the word ‘marriage,’ it will get denied.”

But Hill refused to lie any longer, having served in the military for two decades under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. And so the couple filed their request to change their last names with marriage clearly labeled as their reason.

Full Story from The Advocate

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IL: Civil Unions Law Allows Gay Couples to Change Names

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Illinois Civil UnionsFor the 15 years that they had been in a committed relationship, Brenda Link had wanted to take her partner Lisa’s last name. In August, it finally happened.

“It was a joyous occasion,” said Brenda Link. “I’m glad that I can sign things and people know we are together and we are a couple.”

Since civil unions became legal in Illinois on June 1, many same-sex couples have taken advantage of the other opportunity the new law created: the ability to walk into a Driver Services Department or Social Security office — rather than a courtroom — to legally take a partner’s name.

Full Story from the Chicago Tribune

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FL: Lesbian Couple Runs Into Trouble at DMV With Out of State Marriage License

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Florida DMV & Marriage EqualityFlorida does not recognize same-sex marriage, which can pose problems for gay couples who wed out of state and try to use their marriage certificate as a legal document back home.

That was the experience of Patch reporter Rachel Jolley, who went to the Department of Motor Vehicles in St. Petersburg to put her married name on her driver license.

Although Jolley had been advised over the phone by a Department of Motor Vehicles represenatative that she coule present her Connecticut marriage certificate to complete the name change, she was refused service in person.

Full Story from Patch.com

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More Gays, Lesbians Choosing to Take Partner’s Last Name

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

In October 2008, racing against California’s gay marriage ban, Chloe and Frankie Frankeny wed legally in San Francisco with one chore already done: Chloe had taken her wife’s name two years before.

“It was the only way we had to fit into a mainstream role that was understandable to anybody,” said Chloe, managing editor of a fashion website. “When I told my father I was taking Frankie’s name he was sort of blown away because I definitely consider myself a feminist.”

With a battle over the state’s ban on gay marriage possibly headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s likely more same-sex couples will do the same. For the Frankenys, the name switch couldn’t magically grant all the marriage benefits denied legally wed same-sex couples when compared to one man, one wife, but it was one more way to express their union. It’s a symbol rendered even stronger now that gay marriages are on hold in California, and for partners who’ve never had the option.

Full Story from the Canadian Press

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Portia De Rossi to Change Last Name to Degeneres

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Two years after their wedding, Portia de Rossi has filed to change her last name to match her wife, Ellen DeGeneres’. The couple married in August 2008, during the brief window when gay marriage was legal in California before Proposition 8 banned same-sex unions.

Perhaps Portia is making the change in celebration of Proposition 8 being deemed unconstitutional? On the legal documents obtained by TMZ, Portia petitions to change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. The papers, filed in court last Friday, read, “Petitioner is taking the last name of her spouse.”

Portia was born Amanda Lee Rogers, and changed her name to Portia de Rossi when she was just 15 years old. We’re not sure where the “James” in her new name comes from, but it’s certainly got a nice ring to it.

Full Story from Zap2It

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