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Another New Mexico county issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples

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Another county clerk in New Mexico has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The county clerk of Santa Fe County, under an order from a federal judge, started issuing the marriage licenses, according to the Associated Press:

The first couple to get a license in the state’s third-largest county was Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics and Linda Siegle, a lobbyist for Equality New Mexico, a gay rights group. Stefanics is a former Democratic state senator from Santa Fe.

The couple walked into County Clerk Geraldine Salazar’s office shortly after 1:30 p.m., and asked if they were still denying licenses to same-sex couples.

“Not today,” Salazar said.

Also receiving a license were the two men who filed the lawsuit that resulted in the court order directing the clerk to issue the licenses — Alexander Hanna and Yon Hudson.

“It’s exhilarating and also humbling,” Hudson said.

The order late Thursday from District Judge Sarah Singleton represents the first time a New Mexico judge has ruled that gay and lesbian couples can be married, said state Rep. Brian Egolf, a lawyer representing Hanna and Hudson in the suit.

The Dona Ana county clerk determined that since there is no specific statute banning marriage equality and since the state attorney general believes that under the equal protection clause, same-sex marriage is legal in the state, he’s constitutionally obligated to not refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The AP notes that activists are pushing to get a lawsuit before the state supreme court to decide the legality of same-sex marriage.

1 Comment

  • 1. Equality On Trial »&hellip  |  August 27, 2013 at 10:23 am

    […] of New Mexico counties beginning issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Dona Ana County and Santa Fe County began the process last week. As EqualityOnTrial has written previously, New Mexico lacks a law or […]

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