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Sandoval County Clerk not ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Sandoval County Clerk Eileen Garbagni said she is not prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until she receives a judge’s order to do so.

Garbagni said she’s received dozens of calls and emails since last week when the Dona Ana county clerk began issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

“It’s been non-stop,” Garbagni said.

She said consulted with the county attorney and on his advice she has decided not to issue licenses until she gets a ruling from a judge.

“I’m just going to wait until they call me and tell me otherwise,” Garbagni said.

Santa Fe County Clerk also began issuing same-sex licenses last week after a court ruling.  Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver started issuing license this morning after receiving an order from a District Court Judge Monday afternoon.

County clerks in San Miguel and Valencia counties have said today that they too are prepared to issue same-sex licenses.

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