USA, New Mexico: County Clerk Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples

Written by scott on August 21st, 2013

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This just in from Dona Ana County in Southern New Mexico. Equality on Trial reports:

In a press release issued this morning, Lynn Ellins, the clerk of Dona Ana county in New Mexico, announced that his office will be issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Ellins’s full press release is below: Ellins said that he has been considering issuing licenses since last June, when New Mexico Attorney General Gary King issued a position paper stating that New Mexico’s ban on issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples is unconstitutional. Since then, the Attorney General – in a legal brief to the New Mexico Supreme Court – has refused to defend the ban and has asked the Supreme Court to declare New Mexico’s prohibition of same-gender marriage unconstitutional under the state’s constitution.

This happens as the New Mexico courts consider several lawsuits for marriage equality.

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