NM clerk raises near $30K for gay marriage fund

Posted at: 09/15/2013 11:34 AM | Updated at: 09/15/2013 7:02 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A southern New Mexico county clerk who is facing a challenge for his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses has garnered close to $30,000 in donations.
    
The Las Cruces News-Sun report that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins has pulled in 556 donations totaling nearly $28,400 from a website.
    
That's about 75 percent of the estimated $40,000 goal Ellins says will be needed to defend against a lawsuit filed by a group of state legislators who've challenged in court his issuing of marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
    
Ellins issued the first licenses to same-sex couples on Aug. 21. He says around 225 licenses have been dispersed to date.
    
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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

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