Santa Fe starts issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Same sex marriage Santa Fe New Mexico erupt in applause

Supports of marriage equality in April when the Santa Fe City Council recognized same-sex marriage as legal in New Mexico. (Photo: Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

BY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

A county clerk in Santa Fe started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, resulting in dozens of gay couples marrying in a mass wedding. Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar starting issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday afternoon. The first gay couple to receive a marriage license in the county was Liz Stefanics, a Santa Fe county commissioner who recently introduced a resolution urging the court to support marriage equality, and her partner Linda Siegle, a longtime LGBT activist.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said he wouldn’t stop Dona Ana County from issuing marriage licenses for gay couples. He’s previously said he won’t defend New Mexico law against lawsuits seeking marriage equality because he believes that the current statute is unconstitutional. Republican state lawmakers have said they’d intervene to stop the same-sex marriages from occurring.

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