A man was forced to prove that New Mexico is a state in the United States when he was applying for a marriage license in Washington, D.C., earlier in November.
Gavin Clarkson and his fiancée were applying for a marriage license at the District of Columbia Courts Marriage Bureau on November 20 when he was told that his New Mexico driver’s license could not be used as proof of his identity. The clerk asked Clarkson to instead provide an international passport to get his marriage license.
“You know you are from flyover country when you are applying for a marriage license, give them your New Mexico driver’s license, and they come back and say ‘my supervisor says we cannot accept international driver’s licenses. Do you have a New Mexico passport?’” Clarkson wrote on Facebook.
Clarkson claimed the clerk was forced to speak to their supervisor twice to check if New Mexico was truly a state. He told the Las Cruces Sun-News that the clerk finally accepted his driver’s license along with the couple’s application.
If I had a dollar for every time I have had to explain that New Mexico is the state between Texas and Arizona. My grand kids would have a double wonderful Christmas .
I was pulled out of line in the Miami Florida airport and put though the wringer for being an undocumented traveler because of my New Mexico ID and Albuquerque destination. Granted this just a few days over a month after 9/11/2001. My round trip ticket from Alb. N.M. and back to Alb. N.M. had been bought 3 months before , but those airport folks were really eyeballing me nervously.