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Thu August 29, 2013

New Mexico Supreme Court Could Take Up Marriage Equality Issue As Early As Next Week

KRWG News has learned that the New Mexico Supreme Court could take up the issue of marriage equality as soon as next week. 

Earlier this week, a state district judge ruled that Bernalillo County should begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.  The move came after Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins began issuing the licenses.  In an interview with MSNBC Wednesday at KRWG-TV, Ellins said the matter could be going to the Supreme Court as early as next week.

Ellins also reiterated what he’s said all along…marriage equality is guaranteed by the New Mexico constitution.

On Tuesday, the Dona Ana County Commission agreed.  In a 4 to 1 vote, the board also endorsed marriage equality.  The one exception:  Commissioner Benjamin Rawson.  Rawson was recently appointed by Governor Susana Martinez, who also opposes marriage equality.