Michael Buday had no idea the State of California would take his simple request to get a new driver's license with his wife's surname and turn it into a two-year ordeal. But that's exactly what happened in this state where - until the ACLU of Southern California intervened - there was no state law guaranteeing the rights of both married couples and registered domestic partners to choose their own names. Today, Michael and Diana Bijon celebrated their happy ending at the Santa Monica office of the DMV. Read all about it. Photo courtesy of Brandon Wise, Santa Monica Daily Press.

Stay informed

ACLU of Southern California is part of a network of affiliates

Learn more about ACLU National