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4:04 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

GOP Legislators File Lawsuit To End Marriage Equality

A group of Republican legislators is asking a state district court in southern New Mexico to stop the Dona Ana County clerk from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  A lawyer for the GOP legislators said the lawsuit was filed in Las Cruces, where Clerk Lynn Ellins last week began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Since then, five other counties have taken similar steps. Los Alamos County could become the seventh county to issue licenses. A judge has ordered the clerk to start granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples or to appear in court next week to explain why that shouldn't happen.

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover said the ruling is under review and no decision made on what will be done.

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