GOP lawmakers bring lawsuit to block gay marriage licenses in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. — A group of Republican legislators has brought the first lawsuit to try to block gay marriage in New Mexico since six counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the past week.

The lawsuit targets one southern New Mexico county — Dona Ana — but could provide another route for the dispute to reach New Mexico’s highest court for a final statewide resolution. The New Mexico Association of Counties and county clerks statewide have said they plan a separate appeal to the state Supreme Court to try to get a decision on whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.

Paul Becht, an Albuquerque lawyer for the GOP legislators, said Friday the lawsuit was filed in Las Cruces, where the Dona Ana County clerk’s office has issued more than 200 marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples since last week.

Five other counties have taken similar steps, and Los Alamos County could become the seventh county to issue licenses.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • El Loco says:

    I live in NM and this is the kind of thing we get with a Demoncrap dominated state legislature. If it weren’t for our GOP governor we would be drowning in our own sewage right now. But as it is, we have the highest welfare participation rate of all 50 states and the Demotards really know how to pass out the “entitlements”.

  • J. Shortsleeves says:

    This is a battle that has been fought and lost and it really is time to move on to more important issues. Same sex marriage, like it or not, are the order of the day in most of the western world and there really is now no gong back

  • James Maxwell says:

    Whether or not a state allows or recognizes
    homosexual marriage is a states right issue
    and should be put before the voters for
    a decision. No exception allowed.

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