More Marriage Licenses For Same-Sex Couples And A Mass Wedding
In what's being called the largest wedding New Mexico has ever seen, same sex couples gathered in Albuquerque's Civic plaza Tuesday, after the Bernalillo County Clerk received a court order stating that it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses based on gender discrimination.
By high noon, over eighty same sex marriage licenses had been issued and many of those couples made their way out onto the Civic plaza to wed. Officiates from a slew of faiths joined a metropolitan judge to do the honors.
In the last week a total of five New Mexico county clerks have begun issuing same-sex marriage licenses. So far 462 licenses have been given out. However Amber Royster with Equality New Mexico says there is still a lot of work to be done. "We are still really looking for the New Mexico Supreme Court to issue the ruling that will make it the law of the land," she said.
Some Republican lawmakers are calling the County Clerks action lawless.