ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Same-sex marriage hit a tipping point in New Mexico on Tuesday.
Three more counties--Valencia, San Miguel and Taos--announced they would start issuing marriage licenses.
Those counties plus Doña Ana, Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties, which already started issuing licenses within the past week, represent about 1.2 million residents, more than half New Mexico's population.
The different rules for different counties have many calling for a statewide decision.
Gov. Susana Martinez says voters, not judges or county clerks, should decide whether the state allows same-sex couples to marry.
"To give the decision to the people to say whether or not they want same-sex marriage. It's extremely important to never take that decision away from them," Martinez said. "This patchwork way of passing judgment on law is really not the proper way of doing it."
Past efforts by legislators to get a constitutional amendment to voters have failed. If a constitutional amendment doesn't go before voters, the New Mexico Supreme Court will have the final say on the issue.
No one knows when or if the Supreme Court will step in, but the high court currently has a pending request to consolidate all of New Mexico's marriage lawsuits.
If the justices take it on, it would eventually lead to one statewide opinion on the issue.
Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, is leading an effort to try to put a stop to the different counties issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
He says 29 legislators are involved, but he hasn't yet said who they are or what action they're going to take.
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