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Grant County will be 7th N.M. county to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SILVER CITY, N.M. – The legal fight over gay marriage in New Mexico broadened Tuesday as a seventh county announced plans to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Grant County Clerk Robert Zamarripa said his office will comply with a judge’s ruling issued Tuesday and will begin providing the licenses next week.

“We’ll let the Legislature and courts decide after this what needs to be done,” Zamarripa said in a telephone interview.

His comments came shortly after District Judge J.C. Robinson issued an order requiring the clerk to issue marriage licenses “on a nondiscriminatory basis” to same-sex couples.

In a separate case, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover is fighting a similar court order and said she won’t immediately change her policy of denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Stover is to appear in state district court Wednesday. She’s asking Judge Sheri Raphaelson to put a gay marriage lawsuit on hold until the issue is resolved by the state Supreme Court in another case.

Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins led the way on the gay marriage issue Aug. 21 by deciding independently to allow marriage licenses for gay and le sbian couples. Other counties have followed, some because of rulings in lawsuits brought by same-sex couples.

A group of Republican legislators filed a lawsuit last week seeking to stop Ellins.

A lawsuit over gay marriage also is pending in Sandoval County. A lesbian couple from Placitas last week asked a district court to force Sandoval County Clerk Eileen Garbagni to issue them a marriage license. There’s been no ruling by a judge or hearing scheduled in the case as of Tuesday.

Garbagni said she won’t issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a court orders it.

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17 more reader comments:

  1. Who cares I’m in Gallup, Nm we’ve been able to get married here for a minute

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:34pm
  2. thats a positive comment? why even bother commenting?

    Replied on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:36pm
  3. Because I like being negative

    Replied on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:37pm
  4. lol wut?

    Replied on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:37pm
  5. Take that New Mexican religious dickholes!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:35pm
  6. Yay for Grant County. Keep it moving

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:41pm
  7. These posts are the only good about this state.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:44pm
  8. Way to support your fellow New Mexicans, David. What a dick.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:44pm
  9. Awesome Grant County!! Hometown yay yay!

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 10:46pm
  10. Love Silver City…

    Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 11:26pm
  11. (Y)

    Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 12:15am
  12. Know what this proves? That any of the states (there are only 21) that has an anti-discrimination law has a chance to get gay marriage passed too.

    Of the 29 states (hey– isn’t that actually *most* of them?) without antidiscrimination laws, not one has gay marriage. Arizona doesn’t have an antidiscrimination law, and they just folded their failed campaign for marriage equality.

    Most (13) of the 21 states w/ antidiscrimination laws already have gay marriage:
    WA CA MN IA
    NY MD DE MA
    ME NH VT CT RI

    What of the other 8?
    Well, we can see what’s going on in NM.
    Most people paying attention already know that IL and OR are focused on winning this year. HI is talking about it too.
    NJ’s legislature passed it but then Gov. Christie just had to go & act like a Repuke.
    And CO, NV & WI? Oh, this has turned into too much work?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 12:22am
  13. I saw this and I’m wondering… (short version) can anyone explain how a county can override any state/national laws regarding marriage that may exist?

    Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2:21am
  14. Chavez county clerk still refuses and keeps quoting Bible verses. What an ASS

    Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 2:43am
  15. go ahead and legalize it in the whole state we need the 14th state

    Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 4:33am
  16. Right. On. Grant. County

    Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 12:13pm
  17. AWESOME!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 6:28pm