SANTA FE, N.M. — More than half of the marriage licenses issued by Santa Fe County in the past year have gone to same-sex couples.
The number of licenses issued has doubled, and 55 percent went to same-sex couples, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday, citing data compiled by the county clerk’s office.
More than 2,500 licenses were handed out since becoming available to same-sex couples on Aug. 23, 2013, the figures show.
The rise in licenses has also led to an increase in revenue for Santa Fe area caterers, photographers and other wedding-related businesses.
Babak Dowlatshahi, owner of Insight Foto, said he’s gone from doing four weddings a year to about 30 in the past year.
Article continues below“Obviously, there is a bottleneck of people that have been waiting,” he said. “I think it will last for a couple of years and then settle down to find a rhythm.”
Taos County has seen a similar increase in marriage licenses. County data shows 498 licenses have been issued since Aug. 28, 2013, with 48 percent going to same-sex couples. More than 180 of the couples came from Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.
New Mexico became the 17th state to legalize same-sex marriage on Dec. 19, through a unanimous ruling by the state Supreme Court. Some opponents discussed trying to overturn the ruling with a ballot measure, but that effort gained no traction.
Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
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