The Texas Department of Public Safety refused to grant a driver’s license to the daughter of Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who recently issued subpoenas to five local pastors who have been attacking a non-discrimination ordinance for perhaps the most ridiculous reason to come out of Texas yet: Because she has two mothers.
Mayor Parker tweeted explaining that her daughter has all the required documentation, some under one of her mothers’ names, some under the other’s, with a birth certificate showing both names. While this seems like pretty concrete documentation, the DPS disagrees — because the birth certificate can only have one mother’s name on it.
Recently, a Texas woman was refused a driver’s license because the state will not honor name changes on birth certificates through same-sex marriages in other states. Connie Wilson was told her own name “doesn’t belong” to her, and that she needed to spend hundreds of dollars to petition to have her name changed from “Wilson” to “Wilson.”
Now, it appears that the state is also discriminating against the children of same-sex couples by refusing them the ability to even take the test if both parents’ names are on their birth certificate — if both parents are the same sex, anyway.