LAS CRUCES (KRQE) - As of Thursday night, opposition was beginning to mount against Doña Ana County’s decision to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
While County Clerk Lynn Ellins said he’s gotten “99.9 percent positive feedback” in the two days the licenses have been issued, it turns out a group of about two dozen GOP lawmakers are preparing to protest in court.
Among them is state Sen. Bill Sharer of Farmington. He says the lawmakers will soon file a lawsuit seeking a court order to stop Doña Ana County. The senator told the Associated Press it's the legislature's job to make law, not the county clerk's.
Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she is sticking to the decision of not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples until a handful of pending lawsuits involving same-sex couples is decided by the courts.
“I am personally in favor of gay marriage,” Toulouse Oliver says. “I look forward to the day where we can issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Bernalillo County and I want that process to take its course properly.”
Forty licenses were issued to gay couples Thursday in Doña Ana County.
Richard Morin and his partner of 40 years were among them.
“Finally - it's time,” Morin said.
News 13 polled every county clerk in New Mexico on Thursday. Most said they'll wait on the courts or state lawmakers to decide the issue. Valencia County Clerk Peggy Carabajal said she'll make her decision if and when same-sex couples comes into her office and apply.
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