Santa Fe County clerk Geraldine Salazar indicated in a statement that she would comply with the court order — and Santa Fe County would be the third county in the state to ever issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Dona Ana County is currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and Sandoval County did so for 8 hours in 2004.
“I am a fervent supporter of same-sex marriage in New Mexico and have always believed that the restrictive and antiquated statutes in our State must fall to principles of equal protection embodied in our Constitution,” Salazar said in a her statement. “I have been frustrated recently wanting to issue licenses but being confronted with long standing statutes that do not permit it. Now that Judge Singleton has ordered me to issue a license to Messrs. Hanna and Hudson on constitutional grounds, I intend to do so and to issue a license to any same-sex couple who desires one and are otherwise qualified. By complying with the Judge’ s order we will be issuing licenses legally and will not continue to use limited county resources on further litigation.”
Steve Terrell of the Santa Fe New Mexican tweeted that the first couple to take advantage of the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples were Linda Siegel and Liz Stephanics. The two were married in the county commission chambers. Stephanics serves on the Santa Fe County Commission.
Liz Stephanics & Linda Siegle get married http://t.co/3FLNx0ZIL0
— Steve Terrell (@steveterrell) August 23, 2013
Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, is a lawyer representing a same-sex couple that sued to receive a marriage license and it was his case that prompted the district court judge to issue her order to the Santa Fe County Clerk.
Walking to Santa Fe Clerk's office with Alex and Yon to get their marriage license! So proud of them and my law partners! #equality
— Brian Egolf (@BrianEgolf) August 23, 2013
Alex Hanna and Yon Hudson decided to wait to have a ceremony until their family could attend.
In a short phone interview before the clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Egolf noted the historic nature of these marriage licenses.
“This is the first time in state history that a judge has ruled that the state constitution requires marriage equality,” Egolf told NM Telegram.
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