SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico district judge has ordered the Santa Fe County clerk to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, just two days after a another county clerk in the state decided to start issuing gay marriage licenses.
The order issued late Thursday by Judge Sarah Singleton comes in a lawsuit by two Santa Fe men. It represents the first time a New Mexico judge has ruled that gay and lesbian couples can be married, said Rep. Brian Egolf, a lawyer representing the men.
The order mandates that Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar issue the marriage licenses or appear in court to tell the judge why that shouldn't happen.
Salazar did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press.
The order comes as about 90 same-sex couples have received marriage licenses in southern New Mexico this week since the Dona Ana County clerk decided on his own to grant them.
Dona Ana Chief Deputy Clerk Mario Jimenez said after three days on issuing licenses Texas couples are traveling to the border region to get married.
He said Jerrett Morris and Jeffrey Tingley obtained their marriage license Friday. He says the pair just happened to be in town from Dallas visiting family when they decided to come to the courthouse in Las Cruces to get their license.
Jimenez said another same-sex couple from Dallas is flying into the region later Friday to get married, and a couple from San Antonio is expected next week.
"They are traveling to change their lives," Jimenez said. "And more are coming."
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