County clerk behind NM gay marriage movement reacts to court ruling

Created: 12/19/2013 2:26 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Dona Ana County was the first of New Mexico's 33 counties to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August. Nearly four months later, the state Supreme Court agreed and legalized gay marriage in the state.

Lynn Ellins, the county clerk who started the movement, told KOB he expected the New Mexico Supreme Court to come down with the ruling and that he was happy with the outcome.

"Obviously when I said the constitution required me to do this I was correct and the court has backed me up on that and other county clerks as well," Ellins said.

Dona Ana County has issued 403 same-sex marriage licenses since August, according to Ellins.

Some couples celebrated today's ruling by getting married. New Mexico is the 17th state, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize gay marriage.

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