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2:43 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Dona Ana County Clerk Seeks Donations For Legal Fight

Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins, who is facing a legal challenge over his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses is seeking support for expenses.  Ellins is hoping that backers of marriage eqaulity will help pay legal fees from a pending lawsuit, filed by state Republican lawmakers.

Earlier this week via its Facebook page, Ellins' office started requesting legal defense donations, starting at $5.

Ellins says he "felt it was inappropriate" to use county resources to pay the legal fees, because the case involves polarizing topics.

Last week, a group of Republican legislators filed a civil suit in 3rd Judicial District Court, alleging that Ellins, a Democrat, overstepped his authority and violated the New Mexico Constitution.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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