LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A southern New Mexico county clerk who is facing a challenge for his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses has garnered close to $30,000 in donations.
Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins has received more than 575 donations totaling more that $29,000.
That’s about 75 percent of the estimated $40,000 goal Ellins says will be needed to defend against a lawsuit filed by a group of state Republican legislators who’ve challenged in court his issuing of marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Last 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.
Ellins issued the first licenses to same-sex couples on Aug. 21. He says around 225 licenses have been dispersed to date.
Donations for Ellins’ defense fund are being accepted here.