Roughly half of New Mexico's citizens now reside in a jurisdiction with marriage equality, after a New Mexico district judge has ordered Santa Fe and Bernalillo Counties to offer same-sex couples marriage licenses.
A group of Republican state legislators in New Mexico, led by anti-gay state Sen. William Sharer (R), plan to file a lawsuit to try to stop same-sex marriages in Doña Ana County. County Clerk Lynn Ellins (D) began offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples last week.
On the heals of one New Mexico county clerk moving to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a state district judge issued an order Thursday suggesting she is likely to force another county to follow suit.
Doña Ana, New Mexico, County Clerk Lynn Ellins (D) announced Wednesday that his office would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The move comes days after the state's Supreme Court declined to expedite a marriage equality case, saying the case should first go to a lower court.