A New York marriage license has become a symbol of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as other LGBT people, the Associated Press reports.
The bureau, the first state to recognize same-sex marriages in the nation, issued about 5,000 licenses to same-gender couples in the first month of its license program.
The state’s marriage board issued about 1,000 last month, according to the AP.
“The commission has issued licenses for gay couples in New York and the New Jersey Legislature has approved bills to recognize their marriages.
But no licenses were issued by the bureau in Virginia,” AP writes.
The marriage licenses were first issued in December, and some couples have been waiting months to get their marriages certified.
The AP says that some of those waiting have been denied, and others have had their marriage licenses revoked because of their sexual orientation.
“I have been discriminated against and harassed because of who I am,” said Lisa Hahn, a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed last month by two Virginia couples who sued the bureau over the licenses.
“If I have to choose between a marriage license and a living relationship, I am choosing the latter.”