conniewilson_0Real world evidence that the Supreme Court needs to put a stop to the patchwork of pro- and anti-gay states has reared its ugly head in Texas.

Connie and Aimee Wilson moved to Houston from California, where they’ve been legally married since 2013. Shortly after moving, Connie headed to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to obtain a new driver’s license since her CA I.D. was nearing expiration.

The Texas Observer takes it from here:

Wilson took her documents to a DPS office in Katy last week to obtain a Texas driver’s license. When a DPS employee noticed that Wilson’s name didn’t match her birth certificate, she produced the couple’s California marriage license identifying her spouse as Aimee Wilson.

“Her only words to me were, ‘Is this same-[sex]?’” Connie Wilson recalled. “I remember hesitating for probably 10 seconds. I didn’t know how to answer. I didn’t want to lie, but I knew I was in trouble because I wasn’t going to be able to get a license.”

Wilson eventually responded that although California doesn’t differentiate, she happened to be married to a woman.

“She immediately told me, ‘You can’t use this to get your license. This doesn’t validate your last name. Do you have anything else?’” Wilson said. “She told me I would never get a license with my current name, that the name doesn’t belong to me.”

“The name doesn’t belong to me.” Let that soak in for a second. Texas’ homophobia has basically relegated Connie to non-existence. She could, according to the DPS agent, re-assume her maiden name (despite having changed all her legal documents to her official married name) or deal with massive red-tape and huge expenses of obtaining a court order to “change” her name to Wilson. “My name is already legally Wilson,” Connie said. “I don’t know if a judge will even grant me a name change from Wilson to Wilson.”

As the issue gets ironed out, Connie has a host of items to stress over thanks to the discrimination she’s received at the hands of the Texas government. “I’ve been deprived the freedom to drive a vehicle once my current California driver’s license expires. I’m further being deprived the freedom to use air travel, make purchases that require a valid photo identification, seek medical attention for myself or my children, as well as other situations that would require proving who I am legally as an individual.”

In July, a woman — also from California — who relocated to Nebraska was discriminated against and denied legal documents because she’s gay. When will this end?

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54204764c1ffbThe average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped two-tenths of a cent today to $3.747, its lowest amount since Feb. 13.

The average price has decreased 15 consecutive days and 71 of the past 77, dropping 43.2 cents, including eight-tenths of a cent on Sunday.

The average price is 4.2 cents less than one week ago, 11.1 cents lower than one month ago and 27.4 cents below what it was one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

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0923-bruce-kris-tmz-2Kris and Bruce Jenner‘s divorce settlement was probably less than you think, because multiple sources tell us … the pot they divided was approximately $60 million.

We’re told dividing the assets was “easy and amicable” … almost all of their earnings were put in a joint account, and that includes their TV profits, Bruce’s speaking engagements and their ownership in various businesses.

TMZ broke the story … lawyers were not involved in the property settlement … it was all done with the help of their business managers. Each filed legal docs in pro per — meaning without lawyers.

Part of the settlement … Kris gets the Hidden Hills estate. Bruce gets to keep his Sherwood Country Club membership.

There’s no spousal support. The property gets divided, and that’s that.

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