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NM county clerks ask Supreme Court to issue same-sex marriage ruling

In a show of solidarity, 31 New Mexico county clerks filed a petition with the state Supreme Court today aimed at getting a decisive, statewide ruling on the legality of same-sex marriage.

The request came about after a district court judge in Albuquerque allowed the clerks to intervene in a Bernalillo County gay marriage lawsuit. The Bernalillo and Santa Fe County clerks were already listed on that suit.

In their petition the Supreme Court, attorneys for the county clerks argued the patchwork sanctioning of same-sex marriage in New Mexico has been costly for counties.

As of today, seven of the state’s 33 county clerks have started issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, either voluntarily or in response to lower court orders. An eighth county clerk has said he will begin issuing licenses next week.

In the last two weeks, a total of 915 marriage licenses have been issued to same-sex couples around the state, with most of those issued in Bernalillo, Dona Ana and Santa Fe Counties.

The Supreme Court has previously denied requests to consolidate and take over pending gay marriage lawsuits.

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