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Same-sex couple vs. Rick & Pam, continued

Written by  News sources, Team SCPA


Posted Nov. 30, 2014

Men file challenge to Florida ban on gay marriage in federal court

Saturday November 29, 2014 12:01 AM
By Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel (TNS)  

ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida now has its first legal challenge to Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Two Brevard County men, Daniel Wall-DeSousa, 40, and Scott Wall-DeSousa, 37, filed suit this week in Orlando federal court, asking a judge to force the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to recognize their marriage.

They got married in New York City Dec. 6 and a few days later changed their names through the Social Security Administration, each adding the last name of the other, according to the suit.

They both also got new Florida drivers licenses, showing their new last names, but the department then canceled them.

“Same sex marriage certificates are not recognized as valid in Florida,” the department wrote in a form letter sent to each man. “Such a certificate from another state is not considered as a legal basis for a name change on a Florida driver license.”

The men on Tuesday filed suit against the department, its executive director Terry L. Rhodes, Gov. Rick Scott and a manager in the Brevard County’s tax collector’s office, where drivers license applications are processed, accusing them of violating their constitutional rights and asking U.S. Magistrate David A. Baker to order Florida to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. …


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