USA, New Mexico: Supreme Court Sets Marriage Equality Hearing Date

Written by scott on September 7th, 2013

New Mexico MapNew Mexico’s Supreme Court will step in to resolve the marriage equality issue in the state.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

New Mexico’s highest court signaled Friday it may quickly resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state. The five-member state Supreme Court issued an order setting an Oct. 23 hearing in a case that finally could decide whether marriage licenses can be issued to gay and lesbian couples. The court took the step a day after New Mexico’s 33 counties and county clerks statewide filed a petition asking justices to determine whether a state district judge in Albuquerque was correct last week in declaring it’s unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

In related news, the county clerk in the first county to issue same sex marriage licenses this year is asking for financial assistance to pay the legal bills.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The clerk of a New Mexico county who is facing a legal challenge over his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses is seeking support for expenses. Gay and lesbian couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins is hoping that backers of same-sex marriage will help pay legal fees from a pending lawsuit, filed by state Republican lawmakers. Earlier this week, Ellins’ office started requesting legal defense donations, starting at $5.

Marriage equality in New Mexico in October???

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