RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Sandoval County clerk says Placitas pair cannot get married
Two women from Placitas are suing the state and the Sandoval county clerk, asking the court to order her to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
County Clerk Eileen Garbagni’s staff denied the couple’s request this week. Garbagni has said she was not prepared to issue such licenses until she receives a court order to do so.
Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico filed the lawsuit on behalf of Gail Gering and Carolyn Van Housen in the 13th Judicial District Court in Sandoval County.
The complaint said Gering, 73, and Van Housen, 62, have been in a committed relationship for nearly 18 years. After hearing about clerks in Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Doña Ana counties issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples in recent days, they unsuccessfully sought a license from the Sandoval County Clerk’s office.