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Lea County has not issued gay marriage licenses

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HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The clerk of Lea County says she has yet to issue any marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that’s because Pat Chappelle says no gay or lesbian couples have come into her office for a marriage license, but she has received a few phone calls.

Chappelle says she believes it’s just a matter of time before a same-sex couple asks her for a license, and she says she will follow the law.

The New Mexico Supreme Court this month ruled it unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.

New Mexico joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage either through legislation, court rulings or voter referendums in a national trend that has dramatically shifted in just a few years.

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