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896 gay marriage licenses issued

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LAS CRUCES – A southern New Mexico county clerk says he has issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the past year.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins said Friday his office has given out 896 licenses since August 2013.

Ellins says he gave out the most licenses within two months of announcing they would be made available.

A group of state legislators filed a lawsuit against Ellins last year, challenging the issue of licenses.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in December that barring same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses was unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

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