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Florida threatens married gay couple: Change your names back or lose your drivers licenses

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A married same-sex couple in Brevard County, Florida who were featured on a TV news segment have received a letter from the state Department of Motor Vehicles ordering them to change their names back on their driver’s licenses or risk having those licenses revoked.

According to Zack Ford at Think Progress, the two men received the warning letter after they were featured in a TV news segment announcing their status as one of the first same-sex couples in the state to legally adopt their wedded name.

Same-sex marriage is still not recognized by Florida’s state government, but Scott and Daniel Wall-Desousa got married in New York City and used their out-of-state marriage license to have their names legally changed on all of their official documents, a practice that is perfectly legal for heterosexual couples.

Within days of the segment about the Wall-Desousas airing on WFTV Channel 9, the two men received a letter from the Florida DMV ordering them to have the name change undone on their driver’s licenses or lose them.

Daniel Wall-Desousa told Channel 9 that the letter “informs me and notifies me that my driving privileges will be canceled indefinitely as of Nov. 22.”

If they comply with the request, he said, then their licenses will have a different name than all of the rest of their documents.

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“Everything has been changed to my benefits, to my Florida pension,” he explained, adding that even the men’s voter IDs and work badges display their married name. “How does one undo all that?”

Daniel and his husband Scott plan to file a lawsuit against the state, calling the policy backwards and discriminatory.

Scott Wall-Desousa said that the state of Florida didn’t seem to care about the state of their official documents until they went public, amounting to a situation he compared to the military’s now-revoked “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding LGBT service members.

“It’s a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy and it’s offensive,” he said. “It didn’t work once and it’s not going to work again.”

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Watch the video segment that ignited the controversy, embedded below via WFTV:

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Who are all these white men running for president — and why?

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The country’s last presidential election was wide open, with incumbent president Barack Obama termed out of office and his vice president, Joe Biden, opting not to run as his replacement. While the vacancy looked like an opportunity for the 16 Republican men (and one woman) who ran in 2016, Democrats essentially cleared the field for Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the party’s presidential nomination. Her only two challengers were white men; one who eventually became a star at the center of his own political movement and the other who was shortly reduced to strumming his guitar shirtless for attention.

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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