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.
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