Meet the Foltses: First same-sex couple to receive a marriage license from county gives interview with the Record
Curtis and Phillip Folts, who were married Friday morning in Roswell, show off their marriage certificate following the ceremony. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Chaves County Clerk’s Office gave out marriage licenses to gay couples for the first time in the county’s history Friday, following the New Mexico Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that affirmed the legality of gay marriage in the state.
Two gay couples had received licenses from the county clerk as of 4:50 p.m., according to the office.
Chief Deputy Clerk Jeff Ortega said the staff differs on their views on the decision, but that “we’re going to do what the law says.”
“We are public servants and we are going to serve the public,” he said.
The first couple to receive a license was Curtis Folts and Phillip Dorst, who is in the process of changing his last name to Folts. The Record interviewed the pair Friday.
The husbands have been together for five years. Folts said the main motivation for pursuing a license was receiving the benefits that come with it.
He noted that after Ballot Login to read more