USA, New Mexico: Two More Counties Join Marriage Equality Rush

Written by scott on August 27th, 2013

New Mexico MapTwo more New Mexico Counties have joined the rush to give marriage licenses to same sex couples, bringing the total to five. Equality on Trial reports:

San Miguel County in New Mexico joins Valencia County as the latest in the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera has confirmed that she will issue new gender neutral marriage licenses later this week, though couples who don’t want to wait can receive a license today: Rivera also stated that couples who did not wish to wait could apply and receive a license today. Until the new licenses arrive Rivera will make the changes to the old forms by hand. Valencia County Clerk Peggy Carabajal has also discussed the change: Valencia County Clerk Peggy Carabajal said she should have gender-neutral licenses ready by Wednesday. She also said she is willing to alter licenses if people want to get married Tuesday.

Truly incredible to watch. When will one of these judges get it over with and declare the whole state as a marriage equality zone?

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  1. Taos County is #6, after a district judge ordered the Taos Clerk to comply with the law.

    District judges don’t have jurisdiction to make a change state-wide. The New Mexico Court of Appeals, on the other hand, does have state-wide jurisdiction. So if some county clerk does decide to put up a defense (an alternate writ of mandamus says “Do this or come to court on date X to say why you won’t”, so a clerk could choose option B) and loses in district court, they could appeal and we could get a state-wide rule put in place that way.

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