It has been 106 years since New Mexico became a state but word is a bit show getting to the D.C. government. Gavin Clarkson told the Las Cruces Sun-News that both a District of Columbia clerk and a supervisor refused to give him a marriage license because New Mexico is a foreign government and he needed to show a proper foreign passport.
Reportedly with other people in line laughing at the idiocy of the moment, Clarkson eventually was able to explain to both the clerk and the supervisor that New Mexico is a state in the Union and acquire his marriage license.
D.C. Courts spokesperson Leah H. Gurowitz issued the following statement: “We understand that a clerk in our Marriage Bureau made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state. We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a D.C. marriage license.”
It is not clear if the D.C. Court has broken the news about New York and New Jersey breaking from the English Empire.