USA, New Mexico: Seventh County Issues Same Sex Marriage Licenses While Los Alamos Balks

Written by scott on September 3rd, 2013

New Mexico MapGrant County joined the other six counties already issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples today.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Grant County Clerk Robert Zamarripa said his office will comply with a judge’s ruling issued Tuesday and will begin providing the licenses next week. “We’ll let the Legislature and courts decide after this what needs to be done,” Zamarripa said in a telephone interview. His comments came shortly after District Judge J.C. Robinson issued an order requiring the clerk to issue marriage licenses “on a nondiscriminatory basis” to same-sex couples.

Meanwhile, the county clerk for Los Alamos county will go back to court after defying a judge’s order to start issuing the licenses to same sex couples.

The Albuquerque Journal reports:

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover said on Tuesday that she will defy a court order to issue marriage licenses to couples regardless of sexual preference. Stover made the announcement in response to a judge’s ruling last week that she issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples or appear in court to explain why that shouldn’t happen. A district court hearing on the matter is set for tomorrow. Stover said in a statement that New Mexico’s marriage laws haven’t been changed since the 1960s, and the law includes a marriage license application with sections for male and female applicants.

So while the New Mexico county clerks are united in wanting the state Supreme Court to resolve the issue, they aren’t united in which way they want to see it go.

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