What? You wanted equal rights?
According to an article in the Massachusetts Sun Chronicle, the United States Department of State has denied a gay Massachusetts man a new passport in his married name because the federal Defense of Marriage Act (thanks for that, Mr. Clinton!) does not recognize the fact that he is married, although the state he lives in thinks he is. The state's Registry of Motor Vehicles had no problem changing the name on his driver's license, and apparently even the federal Social Security Administration changed his name on his Social Security card. But not the State Department. I could see if he wanted to change his marital status on his passport, but his name? If he were single and simply wanted to change his name, would the State Department have allowed him to do that? Or is he simply guilty of being not-heterosexual and wanting the same rights that they have?