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Some N.M. county clerks say no to same-sex marriage licenses … or not yet

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Roosevelt County will remain one place where same-sex marriage licenses will not be issued despite a growing trend among the state’s 33 counties to do so, the Portales News-Tribune reported.

Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter said Tuesday that same-sex marriage will be a no-go because the law has not changed in her jurisdiction, the News-Tribune said.

“It needs to go through District Court and proceed through the appellate process” before she will issue  same-sex marriage licenses, Carpenter told the paper.

Lincoln County Clerk Rhonda Burrows also said she would not be issuing licenses to same-sex couples, the Ruidoso News reported.

“It’s unfortunate that county clerks have been put in the position of ruling on an issue that should be decided by a court, by the Legislature or by the vote of the people,” Burrows said Tuesday. “But unless and until we have a (state) Supreme Court ruling or a specific case is decided in Lincoln County, we will continue under the current position of not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.”

The Silver City Sun-News also is reporting that the Grant County Clerk’s Office has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until it hears from some authority that they can do so.

Grant County Clerk Robert Zamarripa told the Grant County Commission Tuesday he would prefer to wait a little while to see what the courts decide, the Sun-News said.

“I will follow court orders, but until then, I will respectfully like to wait,” Zamarripa told commissioners.

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