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Same-sex couple delivers 10,000 petition signatures to DMV

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Shakira Tucker & Danielle McCollum Shakira Tucker & Danielle McCollum

A married lesbian couple denied a name change on their driver's license delivered 10,000 petition signatures and a revoked driver's license to the Georgia Department of Motor Vehicles on Thursday.

Danielle McCollum and Shakira Tucker flew to Boston, where same-sex marriage is recognized, and got married on the anniversary of their first date.

When they came home to Georgia, they hoped they could change their name on their licenses, even though the state does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Shakira Tucker became Shakira McCollum-Tucker on her license. When McCollum tried to do the same thing, her request was denied.

McCollum started a petition on asking the Georgia Department of Driver Services to let married same-sex couples change their last names on driver's licenses. They gathered more than 10,000 signatures.

Tucker was then issued a letter revoking her name change after McCollum was denied the same treatment and launched her campaign.

"The DMV can't seem to make up their minds as to how they'll treat couples like Shakira and me. First, they let Shakira change her name and then they reject my request. Now, they're taking her license back and inflicting more pain upon our family," said McCollum. "We can change our names on passports, social security ID cards, and credit cards, and can even file joint tax returns. It just doesn't make sense that we can do all these things, but we can't have the same last name on our driver's licenses."

Several Georgia couples who have had similar experiences at their DMVs shared their stories in comments on the petition page.

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