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Sat July 26, 2014

Nearly 900 Marriage Licenses Issued To Same-Sex Couples In Dona Ana County

  Nearly 900 marriage licenses have been issued to Dona Ana County same-sex couples in the past year.   Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins said Friday his office has given out 896 licenses since August 2013.

Ellins says he gave out the most licenses within two months after announcing they would be made available.

A group of state legislators filing a lawsuit against Ellins last year, challenging the issue of licenses.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in December that barring same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses was unconstitutional.

Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Bans that have been overturned in some other states continue to make their way through the courts.

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

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