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NM county clerk gives to gay marriage campaign

Updated: 01/12/2014 6:00 PM | Created: 01/12/2014 1:43 PM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A southern New Mexico county clerk who faced a lawsuit for issuing same-sex marriage licenses is donating the rest of his defense fund to a pro-gay marriage campaign.
    
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins plans to give the money to New Mexico Unites for Marriage Equality.
    
Ellins, who announced his decision Friday, says a few thousand dollars are left.
    
In September, a website raised $33,067 for Ellins' defense in a lawsuit filed by a group of state legislators challenging the issue of the licenses.

Another $3,000 came from mail-in donations.
    
Dona Ana County officials say Ellins' legal expenses were about $31,000.
    
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in December that barring same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses was unconstitutional.

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