Equality on Trial reports:
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.
Santa Fe had already started, but this brings to three the total counties who are now recognizing marriage equality in New Mexico. Will these marriages be federally recognized?