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Gay Marriage Licenses Being Issued by New Mexico County Clerk, Claims Nothing Legally Prohibiting It ^ | 08/22/2013 | MORGAN LEE

Posted on 08/22/2013 12:51:02 PM PDT by massmike

A New Mexico county clerk has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even as several court cases challenging the legality of it are currently making their way through the state's judicial system.

Lynn Ellis, a county clerk out of Dona Ana explained that after a meticulous reading of the state's marriage laws, he could find nothing legally keeping him from distributing licenses.

"The state's marriage statutes are gender neutral and do not expressly prohibit Dona Ana County from issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples," he told The Associated Press.

New Mexico Attorney General and current gubernatorial candidate Gary King, said he would not challenge Ellis or other county clerks that might issue marriage licenses, reversing a statement in June where had asked county clerks to refrain because of the current same-sex marriage litigation. King did mention that the licenses could be invalidated per the future decisions of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Ellis' decision came on the heels of a request that the New Mexico Supreme Court expedite a same-sex marriage decision by consolidating the current group of same-sex marriage cases, assign them to a district judge and send the decision head directly to the Supreme Court.

Current Republican Gov. Susanna Martinez has said in the past she does not support gay marriage, though she recently voiced her support to allow the people to vote on its legality, rather than leave it to a court decision.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

1 posted on 08/22/2013 12:51:03 PM PDT by massmike
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To: massmike

I’ll bet there’s nothing specifically prohibiting New Mexicans from getting hitched to Gila monsters either.
Their legislature assumed that citizens of the great state of New Mexico had more sense, even if its officious clerks do not.

2 posted on 08/22/2013 12:57:17 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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I don’t know, New Mexico has gone Democrat in the past several presidential and gubernatorial election cycles.

3 posted on 08/22/2013 12:59:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

You know what, BoT, I don’t think I know this country anymore.
It’s no country for an old pair of die.

4 posted on 08/22/2013 1:02:23 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: massmike

Freak show.

5 posted on 08/22/2013 1:35:18 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: massmike

“The state’s marriage statutes are gender neutral...” Well, yes, because no one in their right mind would’ve ever conceived the insanity we see today.

6 posted on 08/22/2013 1:35:41 PM PDT by miele man
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Do the marriage licenses have GAY in big bold red letters stamped on them?
7 posted on 08/22/2013 1:58:19 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Just how “gay” is Lynn? Does he pitch or catch? I’m just sayin’.

8 posted on 08/22/2013 3:16:09 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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