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Doña Ana County Clerk Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples In New Mexico

Taking a cue from a colleague in Pennsylvania, the Doña Ana County, New Mexico Clerk Lynn Ellins began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples this morning. 

Progress New Mexico:

Same-sex couples in Dona Ana County New Mexico began receiving marriage licenses this morning from the county clerk who announced he was issuing them based on a widely discussed legal opinion, endorsed by the attorney general last month, that the state’s equal protection laws required the state to provide the same benefits of marriage extended to other couples.

“We couldn’t be happier for the couples in Dona Ana County – and those across the state who will soon, no doubt, make their way there – who have waited far too long for public sentiment and political courage to evolve far enough to publicly acknowledge their relationships as being just as equal as that of their neighbors,” says Patrick Davis, Executive Director of ProgressNow New Mexico, a progressive advocacy group working to advance marriage equality in the state.

Clerk Ellins apparently started considering this move in the summer of 2012, when there was a rumble in the state government over concerns that New Mexico's ban on same-sex marriage was illegal. 




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New Mexico does not have a marriage ban. 49 states have drafted language illustrating their views on marriage. New Mexico's laws are ambiguous and do not ban  same sex marriage. Nor condone it. I do know their is a federal law suit brought on by two couples in Albuquerque who asked for marriage licenses based on New Mexico's lack of specific language regarding marriage in their state. You guys have stated New Mexico has a marriage equality ban on more than one occasion. It's inaccurate.

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