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KY fails to recognize man's new last name after he marries partner

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A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

For one local couple who married in another state, this means progress and maybe a shot at finally being recognized in their home state. 

Joshua and Kevin Vishon were legally married in California last October.

Joshua, through the federal government, had his last name changed, but since they've been back home in Western Kentucky, the state won't recognize it.

They say that's causing them lots of problems. 

Joshua's social security card, his credit cards and their marriage license reflect his name change, but when Joshua went to the local BMV in hopes of updating his ID, he says the state told him since they don't recognize their same-sex marriage, they don't recognize his last name. 

"My names on my cards don't match the name on my ID," Joshua said.

"There's a lot of complications that can come from that," Kevin said.

They say some of the complications involve taxes and bank accounts, but the couple says they're going to keep fighting until they get what they're hoping for. 

The first goal is the chance to officially share the same last name in their home state.

"Our marriage is no different than anybody else's marriage," Kevin said.

Then, they want something bigger - for same-sex marriages to be recognized in Kentucky and across the United States.

"We love the same as anyone else. You know, we cook, we clean the same way anyone else does, Joshua said. "So, it would just be nice to know that I'm equal as everyone else is."

Today's same-sex ruling is on hold right now because it's being appealed. Joshua and Kevin say ultimately if Kentucky doesn't recognize their marriage, that's fine because their family and friends do.

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