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Are Feds Recognizing NM Marriages?

The Pentagon won't confirm any policy change, but one Air Force base in New Mexico has quietly recognized the local marriage of a gay couple. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed:
BuzzFeed spoke with the same-sex spouse of a service member stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who said the couple married in New Mexico and that she obtained a spousal ID card at the base on Tuesday. Asked for confirmation of the change in policy, Pentagon spokesman Nathan Christensen responded, β€œThe Department will make the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of sexual orientation, as long as service member-sponsors provide a valid marriage certificate from a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage. I would refer you to the state of New Mexico who can discuss the specifics of their state law.” When a more specific answer was sought β€” as the state itself has no statewide resolution of the issue at this time because New Mexico law neither bans nor explicitly permits same-sex couples to marry β€” Christensen gave no further comment.
New Mexico's state Supreme Court will hear a marriage equality case in late October. Eight New Mexico counties have issued same-sex marriage licenses.

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