Saturday, August 24, 2013

Two New Mexico Counties Begin Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

In New Mexico this week, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican, two county clerks began issuing licenses for same-sex marriages. On  Aug. 21, Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins began issuing the licenses, saying that there is nothing in state law to prohibit it.  The state attorney general said he would not intervene. Then on Aug. 22, a state trial court judge in Hanna v. Salazar issued a writ of mandamus ordering Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to issue a marriage licence to a same-sex couple who sued after their license application was denied. The county clerk responded enthusiastically, saying:
Now that Judge Singleton has ordered me to issue a license to Messrs. Hanna and Hudson on constitutional grounds, I intend to do so and to issue a license to any same-sex couple who desires one and are otherwise qualified. By complying with the judge’s order we will be issuing licenses legally and will not continue to use limited county resources on further litigation.
At least 45 same-sex couples were issued licenses yesterday.