New Mexico: Judge orders Bernalillo, Santa Fe counties to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

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August 27, 2013

Judge Alan Malott ruled Monday afternoon that state law doesn't prevent same-sex couples from marrying in New Mexico. 

Malott ruled that the Bernalillo and Santa Fe county clerks must grant marriage licenses to gay couples who apply for them. 

"Gay and lesbian citizens of New Mexico have endured a long history of discrimination. Denial of the right to marry continues this unfortunate and intolerable pattern," Malott said during his ruling.

In his ruling, Malott also outlined why he was ordering the clerks to take immediate action. 

"There is no benefit to the parties or the public interest in having this matter progress through a lengthy path of litigation while basic constitutional rights are being compromised or denied on a daily basis," he said.