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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 6:00 pm | Updated: 12:18 am, Fri Sep 6, 2013.

New Mexico’s 33 counties asked the state’s highest court Thursday to decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state and to stop the spread of lawsuits that have forced some county officials to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The New Mexico Association of Counties and clerks statewide filed a petition seeking clarity in a legal dispute that has changed rapidly in the past two weeks since a Southern New Mexico clerk independently began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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  • Khal Spencer posted at 5:05 pm on Thu, Sep 5, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 303

    Seems like the County Clerks are caught between the rock of the writing of the marriage license, and the hard place of the State Constitution's anti-discrimination provisions. The Supreme Court should step up to the plate. It will have to do so sooner or later, as I doubt the mess will be resolved in the Roundhouse and meanwhile, lower courts are ruling on the issue, which makes the decisions subject to appeal.

     
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