Sue Stroesser was recently turned down when she tried to obtain a Nebraska driver’s license.
Apparently, the problem is not her driving ability, but rather her same-sex marriage to Mary Stroesser in Iowa.
“At the core of my pain and shock is that I am from Omaha," Sue told The World-Herald. "I was born and raised here. These are my people, and these are Mary’s people. I am left feeling angry, sad and a little bit empty.”
At issue is Sue's name change, a part of her same-sex wedding in Iowa, which the Omaha, Neb., DMV refused to recognize on July 14.
According to RawStory.com, in 2000, Nebraska residents passed a constitutional amendment by a vote of 70 percent that doesn't allow the state to recognize gay marriages.
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Sue's Social Security card, passport and credit cards all include her married last name.
However, when she went to the DMV office to get a Nebraska driver's license under her married name, Sue was told was she needed a document that proved her name change.
Sue had her Iowa marriage license, but the DMV staff politely turned her down because it's not valid in Nebraska.
“I have a Nebraska state license to practice in my health care profession,” states Sue. “I work in Nebraska as a Stroesser. I have paid Nebraska taxes for three years as a Stroesser. And I’m denied a driver’s license?”
“We have to follow the Constitution, and can’t recognize a marriage license for two persons of the same gender,” Rhonda Lahm, of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, told The World-Herald.