County issues hundreds of gay marriage licenses

DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Nearly 900 same-sex couples got married or plan to in one New Mexico county.

The Doña Ana County Clerk, Lynn Ellins says his office has given out 896 licenses since last August.

The bulk of those licenses were handed out within the first two months of being issued.

A group of state legislators had initially filed a lawsuit against the clerk’s office, questioning if same-sex marriage is legal under current New Mexico law.

But the state’s Supreme Court ruled in December that stopping same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses was unconstitutional.

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