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Gavin Clarkson, a recent candidate for New Mexico secretary of state, and his bride to be from La Cruces, New Mexico, walked up to the counter at the license bureau in Washington D.C. and showed their state driver’s license to the clerk asking to apply for a marriage license. The clerk, however, was not going to be fooled. She asked for their passports since, she said, they could not accept foreign driver’s license.
Mr. Clarkson tried to explain that New Mexico was not a foreign country but the alert clerk did not believe them so she checked with her supervisor; twice, explaining that her supervisor agreed with her.
Because everyone in line was laughing at her, she called the State Department who verified that New Mexico was, in fact, a state in the United States.
The soon to be Mrs. Clarkson thought it was hilarious when the clerk complimented her on how well she spoke English.
The D.C. Courts Director of Media and Public Relations stated that he regretted the mistake over New Mexico’s 106-year history of being a state.
“We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a DC marriage license.”
New Mexico gained statehood on Jan. 6, 1912.
Damn, that trickle-down theory must really work for some things.
Footnote: Clarkson is not alone in his experience applying for a marriage license. In a regular feature dubbed “One of Our 50 is Missing,” New Mexico Magazine for years has documented with comedic flair New Mexicans’ frustrations and trials in trying to persuade non-New Mexicans across the country — and sometimes the world — that New Mexico is, in fact, one of the 50 U.S. states.