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NM County has Not Issued Gay Marriage Licenses

Friday Dec 27, 2013
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The clerk of Lea County says she has yet to issue any marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that’s because Pat Chappelle says no gay or lesbian couples have come into her office for a marriage license, but she has received a few phone calls.

Chappelle says she believes it’s just a matter of time before a same-sex couple asks her for a license, and she says she will follow the law.

The New Mexico Supreme Court this month ruled it unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.

New Mexico joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage either through legislation, court rulings or voter referendums in a national trend that has dramatically shifted in just a few years.

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  • Anonymous, 2013-12-28 07:31:56

    As a Lea County resident I find this surprising. My fiance and I will tie knot soon...just got a few things to do first. The day it was announced that same set marriage was legal in New Mexico last week...felt like an early Christmas present.

  • BlondieSL, 2013-12-28 09:02:59

    Congratulations to you and your fiancée. Getting married to the one you love is THE most amazing feeling. My husband and I wish you both a wonderful life.

  • Anonymous, 2013-12-29 11:52:45

    As a proud son of New Mexico,living in Texas, my partner and I plan to travel to Santa Fe in April of 2014 to tie the knot!

  • GAG’EM, 2014-03-09 19:57:12

    As usual, an article about gay marriage is illustrated with 2 white men holding hands. Newsflash! Not all gay people are white men.

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