New Mexico Attorney General Will Not Challenge Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Gary KingAfter Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins decided to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier today, state Attorney General Gary King told reporters that he does not plan to challenge said marriage licenses, since he believes the state's current ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. In another bit of possibly good news, King also told press that he would not challenge any other county clerk should they make the same decision, although he did warn that the licenses could be ruled invalid if the state Supreme Court deems the decision unlawful. 

King's decision comes after a prior legal challenge to New Mexico's ban on same-sex marriage, another one that he has chosen not to defend. According to the Associated Press, same-sex couples in Las Cruces have already started taking advantage of the decision. "I was in a coffee shop grading dissertations when my partner sent me an email saying, `you want to get married?'" said Char Ullman, 51. "I went home to brush my teeth and headed to the courthouse." 

New mexicoMeanwhile, the New Mexico Supreme Court has been asked to streamline and expedite all pending challenges to the state's mariage equality ban, partially thanks to Jen Roper and Angelique Neuman. Roper reportedly suffers from terminal brain cancer, and wishes to tie the knot with her partner before she passes. 

At present, New Mexico's Republican Governor Susana Martinez has yet to issue a comment on today's events. You may previously remember her as the politician who was dumped by her gay hairstylist after publicly announcing her opposition to same-sex marriage. 


  1. Francis #1 says

    I read the lower-court cases aren’t likely to be consolidated. The NM Supreme Court pretty obviously, does not want to touch this right now. In 2004, marriage licences were given to couples for 8 days. I wonder if we’ll see a similar timeline occur here. In any case, good on Gary King, Lynn Ellins and all in New Mexico standing up for equality.

  2. FE says

    New Mexico has drive thru liquor stores. Once while visiting my brother in Santa Fe witnessed car full, driving up to one of these liquor spots. After they placed their order and were driving away, the cashier yelled, “Want Cups??” This spoke more than volumes about lawlessness in this state.

    If you want to celebrate, don’t forget your own plastic cups. Drink and drive sounds classy.

  3. Ken says

    The New Mexico Supreme Court needs to rule on this, can’t believe they’ve waited this long. The good news is that I think the entire court is made up of Democrats, the bad news is they have a reelection system similar to Iowa, so they probably fear being targeted for defeat.

  4. Buddy Cole says

    What the effing hell are you talking about? New Mexico doesn’t HAVE a ban on same-sex marriage, you ignorant excuse for a deputy assistant blogger. State law doesn’t address the issue one way or another.

  5. Koskalaka Maricón says

    Dear People of New Mexico: Dump your Republican Governor Susana Martinez, keep and grow marriage equality throughout your beautiful state, and let your state supreme court *try* to rule on your state’s non-existent, legal language designation about marriage between only a man and a woman.