RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Sandoval County Clerk Eileen Garbagni said Friday she was ready to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in light of Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling.
“I was just waiting on the order,” she said. “I have my paperwork ready.”
As of Friday morning, she had not yet received the official order from the court and had not yet issued a same-sex marriage license, she said.
New Mexico is the 17th state to legalize same-sex unions. The high court ruling, which came nearly two months after the court heard arguments, capped a frenzied year of legal wrangling over the state’s definition of marriage.