In March, lawmakers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, including Mayor David Coss (D), urged the City Council to adopt a resolution clarifying that marriage for same-sex couples is legal. Indeed, nothing in the state’s law suggests otherwise. Wednesday night, the Council voted 5–3 to approve that resolution, which urges the attorney general and county clerks to recognize marriage equality.
Though the resolution received enthusiastic cheers from the crowd in attendance, it likely changes nothing for now. The city council has no authority over county clerks, and the Santa Fe County Clerk, Geraldine Salazar, has said she will not offer same-sex marriage licenses until the state acts. Nevertheless, momentum could be all that New Mexico needs. Because the law doesn’t prohibit it, any county clerk could arguably begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses at any time, as happened in 2004 when 64 same-sex couples married.
Watch a video of the vote and the crowd’s celebration when it passed: