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Tennessee Denying Name Changes To Same-Sex Couples

"Public Advocate has been staging a blizzard of emails, faxes and phone calls to our supporters in Tennessee in recent weeks, and our supporters are demanding Tennessee must stand for family values," says

Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate.

Tennessee is turning away same-sex couples married in other states who seek to have their names changed on driver's licenses and other state documents.

State legislators banned same-sex marriage in a statute and voters did the same in the state constitution. The result is, as more Tennessee couples go to one of the 13 states and Washington,

D.C., where same-sex marriages are recognized, they are having trouble getting it recognized back home. Complicating matters is the federal government now recognizes same-sex couples and allows Social Security cards to be issued in married names.