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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