A lesbian couple from the United States claim they are
humiliated after a Florida driving license centre allegedly snubbed
According to 10 News in Tampa Bay, Rachel and Charlotte
Lambert-Jolley - who formally wed in Connecticut, last year - tried
to change the their driving license name to accommodate their new,
hyphenated married title.
However, they say staff at Pinellas County DMV lied to them before
finally rejecting their request.
On arriving at the city's driving license office, they say
the first person they talked to told them they had everything
necessary, including a marriage certificate and updated social
After waiting about an hour, a second person told them they
couldn't do it, because the same-sex marriage license isn't
legally recognised in Florida.
"You are five feet away from the people in the DMV and
everyone starts whispering and talking," Charlotte told 10
"People shouldn't be put in the position to feel how we felt,"
Florida DMV spokesperson Ann Howard says gay couples need
additional documents - and
potentially a court order to get their names changed on a
"The possibility does exist that it may not have been explained
to them that it was a same-sex marriage from out of state," she
told 10 News.