New Mexico: 6th County Begins Issuing Marriage Licenses to Same Sex Couples

Taos county just became the sixth county in New Mexico to offer full marriage equality to its citizenry pushing the state even further toward the ultimate goal of complete access to the institution of marriage.  The Santa Fe New Mexican reported late last evening:

“State District Judge Jeff McElroy ruled Tuesday that Taos County Clerk Anna Martinez must issue a gay couple a marriage license or present a legal argument why she should not. The Taos suit was brought by Dale Schuette and Reg Stark, who were turned away Monday when they applied for a marriage license at the clerk’s office. McElroy said Schuette and Stark had legal standing to marry in Taos County but were only denied a license due to their gender. McElroy said New Mexico law did not prohibit the couple from marrying.”

As New Mexico’s 33 counties continue to flip the switch to marriage equality one question remains (that Equality on Trial commented on in their most recent reporting):

“Of course, the big question now is: what happens next? New Mexico has 33 counties, so while Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Doña Ana contain some of the state’s largest cities–Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces, respectively–there are still a large number of county clerks which are not issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. That means a county-by-county campaign, which would take time and, frankly, would be a waste of resources for both the state and its private citizens–not to mention the fact that it would deprive the constitutional rights of citizens who might be ill or otherwise unable to wait for a lengthly resolution. The final arbiter on the issue, of course, is most likely to be the New Mexico Supreme Court. But at the risk of stating the obvious, for the high court to review a lower decision, that decision must be appealed. It’s unclear in this situation who might have the proper legal authority to do so.”


About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

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Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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