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NYC limits IDs for marriage license after trick by 2 men

The city clerk's office will no longer accept state-issued benefit cards from couples wanting to wed - after two men, one dressed like a woman, duped the agency and obtained a marriage license - a city spokesman said. Why a food-stamp card was accepted in the marriage-license application of Jason Stenson and Hakim Nelson was unclear Monday. The card is not among the eight forms of identification the clerk's office requires for most services, including marriage licensing, according to the agency's Web site. Same-sex marriage is illegal in New York, but Stenson and Nelson, who dresses like a woman and prefers to be recognized as one, applied for and received a marriage license in May. The couple married a few days later. The city revoked the license May 29, the same day the couple was issued a domestic partnership, said the spokesman, who wasn't identified because he wasn't authorized to speak on behalf of the clerk's office. The spokesman said staff at the office are being reminded to make sure couples are not misrepresenting themselves. While applying for a marriage license, Nelson reportedly wore a dress and used a food-stamp card, which listed his sex as female. However, the only eight forms of proper ID accepted by the clerk's office are a driver's license, state-issued identification card, a learner's permit with a picture, a military identification card, passport, U.S. certificate of naturalization, U.S. alien registration card and U.S. employment authorization card, the site showed. The couple couldn't be reached Monday to comment. The blunder was first reported in the New York Post.

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