Thursday, June 18, 2009

Passport to freedom

Yesterday I read the good news about the Federal Government's new passport name change policy. Our hard-working friends at GLAD filed a lawsuit in March when newly married Keith Toney changed his last name to match his husband's and daughter's last name. The state of Massachusetts readily changed his name on all state documents but the federal passport office would not honor his marriage license as a means to change his name on his passport. This causes problems when someone has two legal names.

I wrote about my disappointment when learning of the law here.

Due to the lawsuit, the State Department has changed its policy regarding name changes for same-sex couples who marry or who have a legal civil union or domestic partnership. Go GLAD! Go Department of State!

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