Over a year ago, Amy and I got legally married in Massachusetts. We decided to change our last names – something that normally costs $165 to do without a marriage certificate. In the interim, we’ve changed our names on driver’s licenses, social security cards, and all sorts of other legal documentation without any fuss whatsoever. Imagine my surprise, then, when I find out that the US Passport Agency won’t accept our marriage license as legal proof of name change.
Yeah, you read that right. We got our social security cards changed with no problems whatsoever, but the US Passport Agency won’t recognize a legal document from the state of Massachusetts (question 2). Instead, they insist upon a court order – of course only for same-sex couples. So once again, the queers have to pay f%&#ing more money than non-queers to do something as simple as change our name.
Lesbian name change on passport:
- $65 marriage license fee (issued over a year ago)
- $58 fee for certified, expedited birth certificate (4-6 weeks)
- $165 fee for probate court hearing to give me a legal document that says the same thing as my marriage license (8 week process)
- $127 fee for expedited passport service (3 weeks)
- Total: $415 and 15-17 weeks
Straight person name change on passport:
- $65 marriage license fee (paid whenever)
- $67 fee for passport service (10-12 weeks)
- Total: $132 and 10-12 weeks
- $283 and 3-7 weeks, depending
Now tell me that this will all be done by the time I go out of the country in mid-February. That’s 27 weeks from now. And then realize that there are 2 of us who need to do this process. Just lovely.
Why the hell do (some) people hate us so much? I just don’t get it.