"What Are We On Probation for-- Being Gay?"

Michigan won

The House approved the first federal ban on job discrimination against gays, lesbians and bisexuals. (AP / CBS)

"Yeah... what are we on probation for-- for being gay?"

Two women who live in Michigan but were married in New York are fighting the state's decision to make them wait six months to have the same last name. Opposite-sex married couples can get a name change immediately. But because Michigan doesn't recognize same-sex marriages, Brianna Hoskins was told she's going to have to wait to take her wife's last name.

"(He) told us there's nothing we can do, you have to wait six months for a probationary period," said Crystal Reese, who wants to take Hoskins last name. "Yeah... what are we on probation for-- for being gay?"

The federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, so Hoskins and Reese can file joint federal tax returns and Reese is eligible for Hoskins' military benefits. A trial to determine if the voter-approved state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Michigan is legal starts next month in federal court.


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