A couple in Maryland is suing the state, claiming they were discriminated against after their marriage was registered by a state agency.
Maryland is one of 10 states where marriage records from two same-sex couples have been lost due to a glitch that occurred last year.
The couple, Daniel and Amy Renshaw, filed suit in Maryland’s U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in June 2017, claiming that they were denied marriage licenses by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources because they were the same sex.
In a letter to the DNR dated June 18, the Renshaws wrote that they applied for a marriage license in February, 2015, but were told the agency had been denied a marriage because of a problem with their names and genders.
In the letter, the couple wrote that their marriage “was in the process of being certified as valid and registered by the state of Maryland.”
The letter was signed by attorney Jonathan Lauterbach, who is representing the Rinshaws.
Lauters letter states that the state agency refused to provide the couple’s marriage certificate “because the Secretary of the DNRC is an employee of the State of Maryland, a political appointee of the President of the United States, and is a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.”
Lautierbach also wrote that the DRC was “in no way responsible” for the error and “will not be making any decisions or acting on any advice given by the Secretary.”
A spokesperson for the DNI declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Latt said in a statement to Ars that “the DNR has a longstanding and strong record of being responsive to our state’s requests for public records.”
“We’ve been working closely with the state to correct this issue and to provide as much information as possible to our citizens so they can make informed decisions on their personal information,” he said.
The spokesperson added that “as a matter of policy, the DNT does not comment on pending litigation.”
The Renshears also said in their lawsuit that the problem happened when the DNF received a “canceled application” from their same-gender partners.
The DNR is not the only state agency to be impacted by the glitch.
A spokesperson said in an email to Ars “there were some glitches with other state agencies as well, but not a complete one.”
The state has yet to officially address the issue.