LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The clerk of a New Mexico county who is facing a legal challenge over his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses is seeking support for expenses.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins is hoping that backers of same-sex marriage will help pay legal fees from a pending lawsuit, filed by state Republican lawmakers.
Earlier this week, Ellins’ office started requesting legal defense donations, starting at $5.
Ellins says he “felt it was inappropriate” to use county resources to pay the legal fees, because the case involves polarizing topics.
As of Friday afternoon, more than 200 donations totaling $10,025 had been received.
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