Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar announced today, Friday, August 23, that her office began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex applicants, thus complying with an alternative writ of mandamus issued by Judge Sarah Singleton earlier today. Clerk Salazar issued the first license at 2:00 pm.
Clerk Salazar stated, “I am a fervent supporter of same-sex marriage in New Mexico and have always believed that the restrictive and antiquated statutes in our State must fall to principles of equal protection embodied in our Constitution. I have been frustrated recently wanting to issue licenses but being confronted with long standing statutes that do not permit it. Now that Judge Singleton has ordered me to issue a license to Messrs. Hanna and Hudson on constitutional grounds, I intend to do so and to issue a license to any same-sex couple who desires one and are otherwise qualified. By complying with the Judge’ s order we will be issuing licenses legally and will not continue to use limited county resources on further litigation.”
Santa Fe County began issuing same-gender licenses two days after Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced the decision that his office would issue same-gender marriage licenses in that southern New Mexico county.
[updated 3:00 pm]