Chaves County prints new marriage licenses after ruling

December 27, 2013 • Local News

Clerk Dave Kunko holds the newly changed Chaves County marriage certificates his office received Thursday. Changes were made to remove references to “man and wife” and replace them with “spouse” after the state Supreme Court decided gay marriage was constitutional last week. (Jill McLaughlin Photo)


The Chaves County Clerk’s office has only sold two marriage certificates to gay couples since last week’s state Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the state.

“I didn’t think Chaves County was going to be a real big place to sell those,” said Clerk Dave Kunko.

Both certificates—acquired by two men and two women—were sold Dec. 19, the day the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.

Following the ruling, the county was obligated to reprint its licenses. The new licenses were received Thursday.

“Instead of writing bride and groom on the license, it will just say ‘spouse’ and ‘spouse,’” Kunko said.

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