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Attorney General will not challenge N.M. county’s same-sex marriages

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he will not challenge a move by a Dona Ana County clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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King told reporters Wednesday at a news conference that he didn’t believe state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage were constitutional.

He also said he would not challenge any other county clerk who issued licenses.

Still, King warned that those marriages could be invalid if the state Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage is not allowed in New Mexico.

A Dona Ana County clerk began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Wednesday after he said his review of state law allowed him to do so.

Couples immediately began arriving at a Las Cruces courthouse to receive licenses amid pending court challenges elsewhere in the state.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. I like it when someone says, “Eff it. This is what is right and this is what I am going to do.” I hope it works. Either way it is awesome.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:35pm
  2. Another State General Attorney says NO to defending State Laws against same-sex marriage LOL

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:37pm
  3. someone with a brain in government

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:37pm
  4. Giving birth to an idiot like u was unconstitutional

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:41pm
  5. The great thing that NM has going for us is there are no laws banning gay marriage, and our State constitution, unlike other states, do not define marriage between a man and a woman. Sooo really no laws are being broken!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:42pm
  6. Good!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:43pm
  7. Yeah NM …. Check this out Alisa Ramirez

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 9:46pm
  8. It sounds like NM could be the first state to get marriage equality without a vote or court case. How cool would that be?!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 10:06pm
  9. It could be like Prop 8 back in California; remember, the State had a marriage ban, the AG refused to challenge the ruling, and anti-equality groups sued instead.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 10:40pm
  10. Go Rogue

    Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 11:05pm
  11. Yahoo

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 12:18am
  12. EQUALITY!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 1:04am
  13. Wonderful news!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 2:39am
  14. Brilliant!

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:37am
  15. only another 150 plus countries to follow suit :)

    Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 7:11am