USA, New Mexico: Two Judges Quit Officiating Weddings to Protest Marriage Equality

Written by scott on February 21st, 2014

New Mexico MapTwo judges in Southeastern New Mexico have announced that they will no longer officiate any weddings to avoid having to marry same sex couples.

KRWG reports:

Judges in two southeastern New Mexico counties say they will no longer officiate weddings after the state’s high court ruled in favor of marriage equality. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that judges in Eddy and Chaves Counties recently announced they won’t officiate civil marriage ceremonies for straight or same-sex couples. In December, the New Mexico Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Officials in both counties say the decision was made a few months ago.

It’s the kind of tantrum that any 5 year old child would be proud of. If I can’t have it my way, I won’t do it at all! Judges in the state are not required to officiate at weddings, but county clerks must issue licenses to same sex couples.

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