The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, mailed a notice to all city and town clerks authorizing them to allow same-sex couples from New Mexico to apply for marriage licenses in Massachusetts. Couples from New Mexico have been traveling to Canada and other countries to marry for some time because New Mexico law does not explicitly ban same-sex marriage. Two measures that would have banned gay marriage in New Mexico were defeated in early 2007 when a House committee tabled them.
But Equality Mexico warns: “Some but not all businesses, the state, and others may refuse to honor these lawful marriages, along with the federal government. Couples must be prepared to live with a level of uncertainty while we continue our work to end marriage discrimination.”
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) has made its information telephone service available to answer questions from New Mexico couples who wish to marry in Massachusetts. The toll-free number is 1-800-455-4523.