Friday, December 20, 2013
Marriage between same-sex couples is now legal in New Mexico. The state Supreme Court issued the ruling on Thursday.
Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal In New Mexico
The decision came months after a county clerk in southern New Mexico suddenly began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. After reviewing state law, the Doña Ana County Clerk had decided the language was gender neutral.
On Aug. 21, Dona Aña County issued 40 marriage licenses to same sex-couples. Soon after, seven other New Mexico counties also began issuing licenses.
In September, New Mexico's Association of Counties filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking for guidance on the matter. New Mexico is now the 17th state in the nation to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry.