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BREAKING: Santa Fe gay couple take marriage issue to state Supreme Court

Alex Hanna, left, and Yon Hudson were denied a marriage license by the Santa Fe County Clerk at the clerk's office on June 6. Their lawyer is now taking their case to the state Supreme Court.  (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)
Alex Hanna, left, and Yon Hudson were denied a marriage license by the Santa Fe County Clerk at the clerk's office on June 6. Their lawyer is now taking their case to the state Supreme Court. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)
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SANTA FE —  A same-sex couple in Santa Fe are asking the state Supreme Court to decide whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.

Lawyers for two Santa Fe men — Alex Hanna and Yon Hudson —  requested on Thursday that the court order the Santa Fe County clerk to issue them a marriage license.

The court didn’t immediately decide whether to consider the case.

The couple had filed a lawsuit in district court earlier this month after being denied a marriage license.

Attorney Brian Egolf said the case was being shifted to the Supreme Court to try to get a speedy decision on the same-sex marriage issue.

The lawsuit contends that denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the New Mexico Constitution, including its equal protection clause and Equal Rights Amendment prohibiting gender-based discrimination.

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