Yon Hudson, left, kisses his partner, Alex Hanna, after they obtained their marriage license Friday from the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office.
Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics, right, and partner Linda Siegle receive a marriage license from Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar on Friday. They were set to be married Friday afternoon. Steve Terrell/The New Mexican
From left, Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics and her partner, Linda Siegle, were married by Judge Mark Basham on Friday. The couple were the first to receive their marriage license from Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar. Photos by Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
- Timeline: Gay marriage in New Mexico
February 2004: Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, saying there is nothing in state law that prohibits it. Attorney General Patricia Madrid puts a quick stop to that within days, getting a temporary restraining order against Dunlap.
2005-2013: The state Legislature fails to pass any laws clarifying the law about same-sex couples. Measures to define marriage are routinely voted down, as are attempts to establish “domestic partnerships” or pass a constitutional amendment making marriage a right for same-sex couples.
August 2010: In a Santa Fe divorce case, state District Judge Sarah Singleton rules that one of the 2004 marriages was valid. None of the other licenses issued by Dunlap was ever challenged.
January 2011: Attorney General Gary King — who as a legislator in the ’90s voted for a bill to make gay marriage illegal — issues an opinion saying that same-sex marriages performed in other states where it is legal should be recognized as valid in New Mexico.
March 2013: Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and City Councilor Patti Bushee announce they will sponsor a resolution calling for county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The council approves the measure in April on a 5-3 vote.
March 2013: The state American Civil Liberties Union files a lawsuit in state court on behalf of several same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses by the Bernalillo County clerk.
June 2013: State Rep. Brian Egolf, on behalf of Alex Hanna and Yon Hudson of Santa Fe, who had been turned down for a marriage license, files a case in Santa Fe District Court.
July 2013: In written arguments filed in the state Supreme Court, Attorney General King said he believes the prohibition of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Aug. 16, 2013: The state Supreme Court decides not to immediately take up the same-sex marriage cases, but urges the state District Courts to hear them on an expedited basis.
Aug. 21, 2013: Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins begins issuing licenses to same-sex couples. Like Dunlap nine years before, he argued there’s nothing in state law to prohibit it. Attorney General King announces he will not intervene to stop Ellins.
Aug. 22, 2013: Judge Singleton issues an order to Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to issue a license to Hanna and Hudson or appear in court in September to show good cause why she won’t.
Aug. 23, 2013: Salazar begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Posted: Friday, August 23, 2013 8:30 pm
Updated: 6:58 pm, Fri Aug 30, 2013.
The floodgates have opened. Same-sex marriage has started in Santa Fe.
In a historic move, Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar began issuing marriage licenses Friday to same-sex couples following an order from state District Judge Sarah Singleton that said Salazar should immediately start issuing the licenses or appear at a court hearing to show good cause why she shouldn’t.
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Friday, August 23, 2013 8:30 pm.
Updated: 6:58 pm.