Nebraska Woman Denied Driver's License Because of Her Same-Sex Marriage

| by Michael Allen

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, in 2000, Nebraska residents passed a constitutional amendment by a vote of 70 percent that doesn't allow the state to recognize gay marriages.

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.

Sources: The World-Herald, (Image Credit: Napa)