ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - In less than a month, the state Supreme Court could decide if gay marriage in New Mexico is legal.
But before that happens, the number of licenses issued to same-sex couples statewide has really racked up and not all of those licenses have gone to New Mexicans.
In the past five weeks, dozens of same-sex couples have traveled into the state to get married.
The Doña Ana County clerk first began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in late August.
That first day, couples flocked to Las Cruces from around the state and from Texas to apply for a marriage license.
Since then, seven other counties, including Bernalillo, have followed suit.
“We certainly have had a lot of interest from couples coming from out of state to obtain same-sex marriage licenses here in Albuquerque,” said Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
According to the ACLU, more than 1,000 same-sex couples have now received marriage licenses statewide.
Toulouse Oliver says her office has issued 33 marriage licenses to out-of-state couples mostly from Colorado, Texas and Arizona.
Toulouse Oliver says she didn't expect to see so many couples from other states.
“It is a pleasant surprise, you know, of course knowing that these folks are coming from neighboring states such as Texas, Arizona,” she said. “It's a pleasant surprise and I think it's probably providing an economic boom for our little economy.”
The question is, will these marriage certificates hold any water in the couple's home states?
Texas and Arizona do not allow same-sex marriage. Colorado allows same-sex civil unions.
Toulouse Oliver says.it’s up to each state if they choose to recognize same-sex marriages from New Mexico, but there is a silver lining.
“Those marriages are at least recognized by the federal government,” Toulouse Oliver said.
The New Mexico Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments on the legality of gay marriage Oct. 23.
A decision on the issue could be made that same day.
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