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Gay marriage laws give headache for local soldier

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A difference in state and federal laws gives a headache for a Fort Hood soldier who tried to get her name changed on her Texas driver's license.

Krystal Hodges married her wife in California after serving a tour in Korea. She got her social security card changed to reflect her name change and had her name changed with the army as well. When she tried to get her name changed on her Texas drivers' license, that's when there were some issues.

Texas does not recognize same-sex marriages while the federal government does. In order to change her name, she had to set it up with the county court. Hodges says this was the first time she felt discriminated.

"There were people in line around me trying to do the same thing I was trying to do, no issues," Hodges said. "You'd think it would be such a simple process and it wasn't."

Hodges says she set up her license with no problem, but a day later she got a call from DPS saying there was a problem. Then when she went back, she was told she had to get a court order to change her name. She says that cost her around $200.

DPS would not do an interview, but sent a statement saying, "To receive a name change on a driver’s license or id card in a same-sex marriage, a court order is required.”

Hodges was able to get her license with the change in late April. However, she says the entire process was frustrating and while it was worth it, something needs to be changed. She says she wants Texas laws to change their stance.

"The way that I care about someone is exactly the same as the way you love someone, what's on our body doesn't change that," Hodges said.

To see how the Texas constitution defines marriage click here. It's under Article 1, Section 32. To see DPS rules on changing your name on a license click here.

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