All they want is to have their Georgia drivers licenses issued in their married name.
“We’re like anyone else,” Danielle McCollum-Tucker told Channel 2 Action News. “When you get married, you want to change your name to reflect your spouse’s name.”
But because Danielle and her wife Shakira are gay, that is not happening.
Shakira actually got her license from the Department of Driver Services, but the state later sent her a letter revoking it. Even though they have a marriage certificate from Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal, the couple can’t share their name on any official document issued by the state of Georgia. That is against the law.
“There’s no real reason to discriminate against us,” Danielle said.
But DDS sees it differently. Although a spokeswoman for the department refused to talk with WSB’s Pete Combs on microphone, she did provide Channel 2 Action News with a statement:
“The Georgia constitution prohibits all state agencies from accepting same-sex marriage documentation for any purpose."
Incensed at what they said was discrimination, the couple now has a petition with 10-thousand signatures and plans to submit that, along with Shakira’s revoked license to the Department of Driver Services in Sandy Springs, Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.