LAS CRUCES (KRQE) - The Doña Ana County Clerk's office has issued 82 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in two days, and of those 57 are now legally married.
County Clerk Lynn Ellins told KRQE News 13 the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Ellins said since Wednesday he had received one negative email and phone call about his decision to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Wednesday alone, the county issued 42 marriage licenses with 30 of those couples promptly marrying.
Ellins says the couples applying Thursday came from as far away as Santa Fe and Lubbock, Texas.
Chief Deputy Clerk Mario Jimenez III said their office was not surprised Attorney General Gary King said he will not try to stop them.
"It does surprise me, but yet it doesn't surprise me," Jimenez said. "The reason it does not surprise me is AG (Gary) King did come out and say he feels the statutes are unconstitutional."
Meanwhile same-sex couples from across the state were heading to Las Cruces to get married. A line of people waited outside the county clerk's office Thursday morning before it opened.
Of the other county clerks in New Mexico, only the Valencia County clerk said she had not yet decided if she would or would not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Other clerks reached for comment said they would wait on the courts or legislators to decide if same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico before proceeding.
Bernalillo County is home to a lawsuit seeking to have same-sex marriage recognized. County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Thursday her office will not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the legal process runs its course.
"We're going to continue with our current course, which is we're not issuing the licenses," Toulouse Oliver said. "We're waiting for the legal process to take place and for judicial direction.
"When we receive that, should we receive direction to go ahead and begin issuing the licenses, we will do that immediately."
Republican state Rep. Terry McMillan of Las Cruces said Thursday a group of lawmakers is having an attorney draw up documents to ask a judge to issue an injunction to stop Doña Ana's county clerk.
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