The Texas Department of Public Safety
(DPS) is refusing to issue a driver's license to a lesbian married in
The agency claims that due to the
state's ban on gay marriage it cannot accept Connie Wilson's
California driver's license or federal Social Security card to issue
her a Texas driver's license.
Those documents list Wilson's married
“Her only words to me were, 'Is this
same-[sex]?'” Wilson told the Texas
“She immediately told me, 'You can't
use this to get your license. This doesn't validate your last
name,'” she said. “She told me I would never get a licenses with
my current name. That the name doesn't belong to me.”
Wilson was told she could apply for a
driver's license using her maiden name. But Wilson said she lacks
the documentation to do so.
A DPS spokesman told the paper that a
court order is required to “receive a Texas Driver License or
Identification Card reflecting a name change from a same-sex
“I still can't believe I'm being met
with all the roadblocks that I am,” Wilson said.