MIAMI (Reuters) - A newly married South Florida man who opted to take his wife’s last name is fighting the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles after it suspended his driving license on grounds of fraud.
Real estate investor Lazaro Sopena offered to change his name following his 2011 marriage to Hanh Dinh in order to help his wife’s Vietnamese family perpetuate their family surname.
Shortly after their marriage, Lazaro Dinh obtained a new passport and Social Security card and changed his bank account and credit cards before applying to update his drivers license.
“It was an act of love. I have no particular emotional ties to my last name,” said Dinh, 40, who was born in Cuba and came to the United States at the age of 11 in 1984.
When he explained he was changing his name due to marriage, he was told ‘that only works for women,’” he said.
“Apparently the state of Florida clings to the out-dated notion that treats women as an extension of a man,” said Lazaro’s lawyer, Spencer Kuvin, with Cohen & Kuvin in West Palm Beach. While it was unusual for a man to seek to be considered an extension on his wife, Dinh’s case raised important issues for gay marriage, he noted.
“If Lazaro isn’t allowed to change his name, what is going to happen when a gay couple seeks a name change?”
Shocking. Florida has outdated laws? I’m stunned.
I. Just. Seriously states, why the sudden upsurge of mean and bigoted and backwards and hurtful laws and politicians and just. UGH. WHY DID I COME BACK TO TUMBLR. IT HAS NOTHING BUT
KITTENS SAD THINGS
Not unless one guy’s got the other in an upside-down bear hug, sweetie. Otherwise you have to stop walking to blow each other.
It’s definitely going to be weird watching all the gay people literally fucking in the streets. Just scissoring and buttfucking right there on the sidewalk, giving all that oral sex to each other up against lampposts and stuff.
Because that’s what marriage is all about. I know because I am privileged to have had the option for heterosexual unions my entire life, and that’s one of the coolest parts. The first thing I did when I put the ring on Natalie’s finger was to take her out in the middle of Cherry street and just bury my face in her knickers. It was a little weird because some other people had just gotten married and they were already fucking on top of someone’s car, and another couple from a nearby church were doing some shit with rubber toys I still don’t fully understand, but we tried our best to ignore them and focus on the very public, totally legal sex we were about to have.
The cool thing about America is that when you get married here it supersedes all indecent exposure and lewd conduct laws, and you can basically just walk into a preschool and start sucking on your husband’s dick or ejaculating all over your wife’s hair right in front of the kids, or go down on each other in the toothpaste aisle at Target.
It’s awesome, and I’m extremely happy to share that awesomeness with many fine, gay Americans thanks to the progressive attitudes of people in several key states.
See you on the sidewalks, gays! And you’d better not have any clothes on, you married sons of bitches! Live nude totally public fucking! Wooooooo!
actually love this guy.
hahaha oh my god
Yeah Kenneth, stick it up where the sun don’t shine
My brother got married in Spain in 2006. (In a church, no less.) Go Spain.
Also, yes a million times to Jennifer’s comment, that is exactly what God is about.
As of last year 70% of Spaniards self-identified as Roman Catholics and it’s only been a little over 30 years since they had a state religion so this is incredibly exciting to see!!
Religion and Gay Marriage (x)
John Green is one of my heroes
There were 11th century same-sex “brother-making” rites which were basically same-sex marriages. The Catholic rite was called the Ordo ad fratres faciendum.
And 4th century Saints Sergius and Bacchus are a well-known same-sex coupling united through the rite of Adelphopoiesis. Again, it was essentially same-sex marriage.
The Orthodox Church isn’t terribly keen on this interpretation these days, but the historical evidence is pretty solid. It is basically contested on the grounds of “Eww gay people, yucky!” I mean that literally. I had a debate with a very learned Antiochian Orthodox person and that was the heart of her argument.
This man is eloquent and right. Also he uses adorable stuffed creatures to illustrate things.