Seventh NM County Backs Marriage
Grant County Clerk Robert Zamarripa said his office will comply with a judge's ruling issued Tuesday and will begin providing the licenses next week. "We'll let the Legislature and courts decide after this what needs to be done," Zamarripa said in a telephone interview. His comments came shortly after District Judge J.C. Robinson issued an order requiring the clerk to issue marriage licenses "on a nondiscriminatory basis" to same-sex couples.57.6% of New Mexicans now live in marriage equality counties.
In a separate case, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover is fighting a similar court order and said she won't immediately change her policy of denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Stover is to appear in state district court Wednesday. She's asking Judge Sheri Raphaelson to put a gay marriage lawsuit on hold until the issue is resolved by the state Supreme Court in another case.