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Santa Fe County, N.M., issues 1,000th same-sex marriage license

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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SANTA FE, N.M. — Two Santa Fe residents became the 1,000th same-sex couple to receive a marriage license from Santa Fe County.

In this photo taken on Monday, May 12, 2014, Kathy Chambery, left, and her partner, Marilyn Haring of 23 years, thank each other after they were married at Magistrate Court in Santa Fe, N.M.Jane Phillips, The Santa Fe New Mexican (AP)

In this photo taken on Monday, May 12, 2014, Kathy Chambery, left, and her partner, Marilyn Haring of 23 years, thank each other after they were married at Magistrate Court in Santa Fe, N.M.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Kathy Chamberry and Marilyn Haring were married Monday by a magistrate judge after obtaining a license at the County Clerk’s Office last week.

The 69-year-old Chambery formerly worked at the University of Massachusetts while the 72-year-old Haring worked for Purdue University in Indiana. They had a committed relationship for nearly two decades before getting married.

Santa Fe County began recognizing same-sex marriage last August in response to a court order.

The county issued hundreds of licenses for same-sex marriages in the following weeks, many to couples from out of state. That flood has since ebbed before picking up this spring.

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