County clerks across New Mexico on Thursday joined a lawsuit that allowed same-sex couples to be married, and the move by the local officials clears the way for an appeal to the Supreme Court that could provide a statewide decision on whether gay marriage is legal.
The legal maneuver by the clerks came as a judge in a separate case ordered the Los Alamos County clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or to appear in court next week to explain why that shouldn’t happen. That case also may provide a possible route for an appeal to the state Supreme Court.
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