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Nearly 900 marriage licenses issued to gay couples in pioneer N.M. county

| Saturday, July 26, 2014
Gay 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.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A county clerk in New Mexico whose actions ultimately prompted the state Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage legal statewide, says his office issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to gay couples in the past year. Last year, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins -- noting that New Mexico's marriage laws were gender neutral ...

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N.M. county clerk to donate unused legal funds to marriage equality campaign

| Sunday, January 12, 2014
Gay 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.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A southern New Mexico county clerk who faced a lawsuit for issuing same-sex marriage licenses is donating the remainder of his defense fund to a marriage equality advocacy campaign.

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N.M. county clerk raises nearly $30K for gay marriage defense fund

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
Gay 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.
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.

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

| Friday, September 6, 2013
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.
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.

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N.M. county continues issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, August 22, 2013
Shari Vialpando-Hill, Las Cruces Sun-News/APHappy newlyweds join hands at the Doña Ana County Government Center on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 after receiving their marriage licenses and wedding in Las Cruces, N.M. The married couples include, from left: Erin Haynes and spouse Cynthia Haynes of Los Lunas, N.M.; Rev. Vangie Chavez and spouse Traci Garcia of Albuquerque, N.M.; Richard Sunman and spouse Thom Hinks of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Judi Schultz and spouse June Damuth of Las Cruces, N.M.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Seven couples were waiting outside when the Dona Ana County courthouse opened Thursday and more from across New Mexico and Texas were expected to flock to the border town as the country clerk for a second day was granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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N.M. governor repeats call for vote to ban same-sex marriage

| Thursday, August 22, 2013
Gov. Susana Martinez (R-N.M.)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is reacting to a county clerk's office's issuing of marriage licenses to dozens of same-sex couples by repeating her call for a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

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N.M. county begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Wednesday, August 21, 2013
. Courtesy photo, via APChar Ullman, 51, left, and Carrie Hamblen, 45, get married at the Dona Ana County Courthouse in Las Cruces, N.M. on Wednesday Aug. 21, 2013, after receiving a same-sex marriage license.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Gay couples rushed to a courthouse in Las Cruces on Wednesday after the county clerk decided to issue same-sex marriage licenses in a surprise move that came as several legal challenges on the practice make their way through the courts.

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