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NM Supreme Court won’t consolidate gay marriage cases

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s highest court has turned down a request to take control of lawsuits that cleared the way for the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request by a lawyer for two Santa Fe men to consolidate current and future gay marriage lawsuits and assign a single judge to handle them. The one-page order said the request was moot, but no detailed explanation was given.

District judges in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos have ordered county clerks in those areas to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Wednesday’s ruling represents a procedural setback for advocates wanting a speedy Supreme Court ruling on the legality of gay marriage. The request for consolidation of lower court cases came before judges issued rulings

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