THE STATE OF FLORIDA: ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIED COUPLES EQUAL RIGHTS AND BENEFITS
  • Petitioned DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES

This petition was delivered to:

JULIE JONES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES

THE STATE OF FLORIDA: ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIED COUPLES EQUAL RIGHTS AND BENEFITS

    1. DAVID WILLIAMS
    2. Petition by

      DAVID WILLIAMS

      Gainesville, FL

My name is David Williams (f/k/a David Vandekamp). My husband, Jonathan, and I were legally married in the State of New York on May 14, 2012. We reside in Florida. Upon our return to Florida, we have endured NOTHING but hatred and discrimination from local governments, municipalities, state entities, etc.

I took on Jonathan's surname upon our marriage. We have been together since 2006. Upon return to Florida, we went to the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles office in Gainesville, Florida so I could obtain a new driver's license with my LEGALLY changed name. The State of New York court authorities legally changed my name, as did the Social Security Administration for goodness sake! I took my marriage certificate, AS WELL AS my NEW social security card to the DMV, as these are documents the DMV demands in order to obtain a new license. Upon our arrival, I presented the documents to the DMV employee and requested my new driver's license. At that point, the employee printed off a Florida Statute and said, verbatim, "We do not accept faggot marriages in this state. You will have to pay $400.00 to have a judge in Alachua County change your name. Your marriage means nothing here."

This incident was just the beginning of the discrimination Jonathan and I have endured. We are constantly denied joint health insurance benefits by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida, CIGNA, and United Healthcare. We now have to pay separate premiums in order to maintain health insurance benefits as both of us suffer from disabling Fibromyalgia.

We have been denied spousal automobile insurance benefits by Progressive and Allstate. We have to maintain separate insurance policies for our JOINTY owned vehicles which cost us an additional $6,000.00 annually.

We have been forced to declare ourselves as unmarried for Medicaid and Food Stamps benefits, causing us to receive fewer benefits than a heterosexual married couple receives. We are not permitted to file our taxes jointly, causing one or both of us to wind up paying additional taxes at the end of the tax cycle.

This type of blatant discrimination is unjust, uncalled for, and blatantly hateful. The DMV in particular did NOTHING to remedy this issue, in spite of us contacting the director to alert her of the incident.  We are forced to pay taxes just as everyone else is, yet we are not permitted to received ANY of the benefits that heterosexual couples receive. We are forced to pay additional insurance premiums simply because we are of the same gender. I was forced to pay $400.00 to have my name changed AGAIN in Gainesville, Florida simply because Jonathan and I are both male.  This is wrong. This is disgusting. And THIS needs to be changed. PLEASE sign my petition for same-sex married couples to receive equal rights and benefits. It is almost 2013, isn't it about time for a CHANGE?

Recent signatures

    News

    1. HUGE UPDATE!!!

      DAVID WILLIAMS
      Petition Organizer

      The District Court for the Northern District of the State of Florida has officially appointed an Honorable judge to serve on this lawsuit. I received confirmation that the civil rights case is open and I am the named Plaintiff. PLEASE share and spread the word, sign sign sign!!! Thanks all!

    2. LAWSUIT FILED

      DAVID WILLIAMS
      Petition Organizer

      Hello everyone! I wanted to give all an important update. As of yesterday, I filed the lawsuit against the Florida DHSMV, the Alachua County DMV, and The State of Florida with the Northern District State Court. We are on the move!

    3. UPDATE

      DAVID WILLIAMS
      Petition Organizer

      Hello all!

      Thank you SO very much for the increase in signatures in just two days!! This touches us so very much that we are not alone in this action. Please please PLEASE continue to pass along and obtain as many signatures as possible. Complaint #1 was mailed to Julie Jones on Friday evening, with a warning of several more to follow. Please keep up the good work my friends and family, you are all life savers and remember, we are ALL equals. Love you all,

      David-Bruce Williams

    4. IMPORTANT UPDATE

      DAVID WILLIAMS
      Petition Organizer

      Hi all!

      Just wanted to give everyone an important update. Today, January 25, 2012, I mailed a copy of the petition and a new letter to the Executive Director, the Alachua County office this took place in, and to our local news station. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep sharing and signing the petition!!!!!

    5. UPDATE

      DAVID WILLIAMS
      Petition Organizer

      We are getting close everyone! We need to reach 500 signatures and then this will be heading DIRECTLY to Julie Jones, the Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles in Florida. Please share with EVERYONE!

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. Almost There!

      DAVID WILLIAMS
      Petition Organizer

      Two more signatures needed!!!

    8. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • EUSEBIO Cardenas BARCELONA, SPAIN
      • about 1 year ago

      My husband and I were married in Barcelona, Spain, and we are resedent of Florida, we are discriminated in this state

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      • about 1 year ago

      I just got married in Washington DC. I am in the process to change my name. I'm waiting for my passport to go to the DMV.to proceed .

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    • Paula Davis WINTER HAVEN, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      My partner and I of 16+years understand the frustrations of being treated as 2nd class citizens even though we have raised 5 children, have 5 grandchildren, pay taxes and own our home.

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      • over 1 year ago

      Im going through similar issues, however, Geico was accomidating as was United Health Care. My concern is my identification.

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    • john hall OCALA, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      everyone should be treated equal

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