NM judge upholds county's gay marriage ruling

AP News
Posted: Sep 04, 2013 2:18 PM

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico county has become the eighth in the state to allow marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Los Alamos County clerk's office issued a license Wednesday to a lesbian couple shortly after a state district judge upheld a decision requiring that to happen.

Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau were denied a marriage license last week and they filed a lawsuit that led to a ruling by District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson that same-sex couples are entitled to be married in New Mexico.

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover went to court Wednesday to defend her decision, but the judge ruled against the clerk.

Six of the state's 33 counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and a seventh plans to start granting licenses next week.