Amy and Ashley Stabe are petitioning and want that the Department of Public Safety accepts that their married names appear on their driver's licenses.
Why this rejection? A constitutional amendment passed in 2006 banned the recognition of gay marriages and civil unions.
The ACLU sees the license denials as evidence that such laws turn homosexuals into second-class citizens and threaten to drive people from the state. If the courts refuse to accept the name-change petition on the grounds that doing so would endorse a same-sex union, lawsuits might follow."This is an emerging issue for states that have passed these constitutional amendments prohibiting same-sex marriage," said Robert Doody, executive director of the South Dakota ACLU. "They're being used to deny people really basic rights" reports ArgusLeader.