Skip to comments.Gay Marriage Licenses Being Issued by New Mexico County Clerk, Claims Nothing Legally Prohibiting It
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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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.
I don’t know, New Mexico has gone Democrat in the past several presidential and gubernatorial election cycles.
You know what, BoT, I don’t think I know this country anymore.
It’s no country for an old pair of die.
“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.
Just how “gay” is Lynn? Does he pitch or catch? I’m just sayin’.