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Judge issues order requiring Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties in New Mexico to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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Judge Malott, who held a hearing in New Mexico over same-sex marriage, has ordered Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples:

Judge Alan Malott ruled Monday afternoon that state law doesn’t prevent same-sex couples from marrying in New Mexico.

Malott ruled that the Bernalillo and Santa Fe county clerks must grant marriage licenses to gay couples who apply for them.

The court ruling concerns a lawsuit filed on behalf of three lesbian couples who said the state constitution has no explicit ban on marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Bernalillo County will start issuing licenses to gay couples at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. The clerk’s computers must be reconfigured.

As EqualityOnTrial noted earlier today, the clerk for Bernalillo County made preparations for today’s hearing by ordering gender neutral marriage licenses.

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