Some guys will do just about anything for love whether it is shut down a freeway to propose or go the non-traditional route of taking your wife’s last name. The wow factor for both is there but it turns out one of them can get you busted for fraud. According to an article that appeared over at The Frisky, South Florida’s Lazaro Sopena ended up having some legal issues after he attempted to get a new driver’s license that reflected his new name. A year after he had gotten his new license he was sent a letter by the DMV which accused him of “obtaining a driving license by fraud.”
Mr. Lazaro tried to get to the bottom of the situation and was told he would need to go to court in order for his name to be legally changed. It was his understanding that this could take some time and it also required a filing fee. Upon explaining the reason why his name had changed he was told “that only works for women.”
As a result of the incident his license was suspended. In lieu of this incident it has been noted that “only nine states have ‘gender neutral” laws pertaining to marriage and surname changes.” Obviously Florida is not one of them.
In a world where marriage no longer solely reflects the values and ideas of years past and more couples seek to go against the grain throwing tradition out the window, one can’t help but wonder why so many states have implemented such dated laws with no indication of change in sight. What Mr. Lazaro described as an “act of love” has now become a reason for his friends and family to ignore his phone calls because chances are, with a suspended license, if he’s calling he probably needs a ride.
What are your thoughts on the whole issue? Is Florida out of its mind or is Mr. Lazaro out of his mind for thinking that taking his wife’s last name would be an easy task (shouldn’t it be?)? For more on this story visit The Frisky.
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