New Mexico

Three more N.M. counties to issue marriage licenses to gay couples


Update, 5:25 p.m. MDT:

Same-sex marriage OK’d in Taos County

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – The Taos County clerk says she will start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday, making it the sixth county in New Mexico to do so.

Clerk Anna Martinez said she would follow a district court judge’s order issued Tuesday directing her office to grant licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

She said her office will make license applications available starting at 8 a.m.

Dona Ana, Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties are issuing licenses to same-sex couples and county clerks in San Miguel and Valencia counties said Tuesday their offices would do the same.

Taos County in northern New Mexico has a population of nearly 33,000.

Same-sex marriage OK’d in San Miguel and Valencia counties

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two more New Mexico counties say they’ll begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, bringing to five the number of counties where gay couples can marry.

The clerks in San Miguel and Valencia counties say they’ve ordered gender-neutral forms so they can follow the state’s three population centers in recognizing gay and lesbian marriages.

The decisions come a day after a state district judge in Albuquerque declared gay marriage legal, and ordered the Bernalillo County clerk to join Santa Fe and Dona Ana counties in issuing the licenses.

More than 100 people were lined up for the licenses in Albuquerque Tuesday morning, and a mass wedding was planned at noon at Civic Plaza.

See coverage from Bernalillo County here.

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