2 counties refuse to perform marriages

EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Judges in two southeast New Mexico counties are saying “I don’t” to marrying couples despite the state’s Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is legal here.

According to the Carlsbad Current-Argus, judges in both Eddy and Chaves counties say they will not marry any couples – gay or straight – from this point on.

According to the report, Eddy County Judge Henry Castenada says he doesn’t have a problem with same-sex marriage, but feels judges shouldn’t have to compromise their beliefs.

New Mexico state law doesn’t require judges to officiate weddings, but does require county clerks to issue marriage licenses.

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