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Social Security Office refuses name change for local same-sex couple

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

An Evansville same sex couple married last week is now unsure of the status of their marriage after the emergency stay of a federal judge's ruling.

Amber and Sara Wells have been a couple for almost 10 years.

Amber says she went to the Social Security Office to have her name legally changed and was told she couldn't change it until the state receives a final decision on the status of their union.

Sara is now wondering if the certificate has any meaning.

"Now it just seems kind of silly if I'm not legally married to her," says Sara. "In my heart I'm definitely legally married to her and I always have been. To everybody that little piece of paper doesn't mean much but when you're told for so long no that little piece of paper means a lot."

The Indiana Attorney General's Office received the emergency stay from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

It's not clear when the issue will be settled.

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