SANTA FE (KRQE) - The sudden moves allowing same-sex marriage licenses to be issued in six counties have a lot of people hoping to stop the movement.
Gov. Susana Martinez is among those sticking to their beliefs that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Ultimately the issue should be decided by the voters, according to Martinez.
The governor says how judges and county clerks have been handling the same-sex marriage issue this past week is wrong:
"What happens if it does get put out to a vote to the people and if they say no?" Martinez said. "Will that make marriages that have taken place valid or not?
"It's very complicated to do it this way. This patchwork way of passing judgment on law is really not the proper way of doing it."
While Martinez wants a vote on the issue, a group of at least 29 Republicans isn't waiting for that.
They plan to ask the state Supreme Court to stop the six counties that are issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Republican Sen. Bill Sharer of Farmington says they're hoping to take action in the next couple of days.
"We are attempting to try to figure out the right path to ask the Supreme Court to stop these rogue judges from creating law," Sharer said. "If they want to be lawmakers let them run for the Legislature."
Sharer and others in the fight say they're not against same sex couples getting benefits that married couples get, they just have an issue with the couples getting married.
District Court judges in Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Taos counties have issued orders clearing the way for same-sex marriages. The Bernalillo County judge found a ban on same-sex marriage violates the state constitution's right to equal protection under the law.
The other judges issued orders telling the clerks to either issue the licenses or justify why they weren't doing so. Their actions follow the Doña Ana County clerk who acted on his interpretation of state law and began issuing licenses on Thursday.
While the court rulings are only binding on those counties, the Valencia and San Miguel county clerks have said they too, will begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples.
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