Record Staff Writer
Bernalillo County today is expected to become the third, and most populous, county in New Mexico to start issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
The county clerk was ordered by State District Judge Alan Malott Monday to begin issuing the licenses after he declared the state’s constitution prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Clerks around the state are uncertain about whether the latest court ruling requires them to begin licensing gay couples. Chaves County, however, will not issue the licenses until state law changes or the state Supreme Court issues a directive.
“We’re not going to do it as long as possible,” Chaves County Clerk Dave Kunko said. “It is my understanding, after talking to the county attorney, it doesn’t apply to the whole state at this point.”
Chaves County-area elected officials agreed with Kunko.
“The reckless actions of this judge acting on personal opinion and ignoring legislative procedure threatens serious confusion, frustration, and pain for those who are being led to believe that the law has changed,” said U.S. Rep. Steve Login to read more