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Taos judge issues order for same-sex marriage licenses

SANTA FE, N.M. — A state district court judge in Taos has signed an alternative writ of mandamus directing the Taos County clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The order late Tuesday afternoon came from Judge Jeff F. McElroy, who signed the writ on behalf of Judge Sarah C. Backus, the judge assigned to the case.

The alternative writ requires Taos County Clerk Anna Martinez to begin issuing licenses, or explain why she won’t during a hearing scheduled for Sept. 5.

KOB-TV reported that Martinez would not contest the order and begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Wednesday.

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