NM eyes new tourism amid same-sex marriage ruling

Posted at: 12/25/2013 3:34 PM
By: Russell Contreras, The Associated Press



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Towns and cities in New Mexico are expecting a jump in tourism from same-sex couples who can now get marriage licenses in the state.
    
Officials are planning a media blitz and gay and lesbian wedding expos in hopes of selling New Mexico as a wedding destination for same-sex couples.
    
Brad Malone, chair of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce and innkeeper of La Posada de Taos in Taos, N.M., says six couples have already booked rooms for planned weddings in 2014.
    
He says the town will run advertisements in major media markets to let same-sex couples know New Mexico now allows them to get married.
    
The New Mexico Supreme Court this month ruled it unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.

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