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N.M. clerk targeted by GOP lawkmakers seeks help in gay marriage lawsuit

County clerk launches legal fund to defend issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples
Friday, September 6, 2013

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.

Shari Vialpando-Hill, Las Cruces Sun-News/AP
Gay and lesbian couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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.

Last week, a group of Republican legislators filed a civil suit in 3rd Judicial District Court, alleging that Ellins, a Democrat, overstepped his authority and violated the New Mexico Constitution.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 200 donations totaling $10,025 had been received.

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3 more reader comments:

  1. i was listening to a conservative christian radio station. they said they feel that the NO FAULT MARRIAGE law passed by PRES REAGAN is causing more harm to “traditional marriage”than the push for gay marriage is. i wonder what the owner of CHICK-FI-LA and customers has to say about that? under that law that was passed in the 80s divorce has gone through the roof, its real easy for a divorce to be filed and followed through with.

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 7:40pm
  2. Chad M Johnson, I guess we (LGBTQA) are at fault for their divorce stats going up!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 10:42pm
  3. G. Young lol Love the satirical irony!

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:29am