Santa Fe County in N.M. permits gay unions

SANTA FE, N.M. — The Santa Fe County clerk, in New Mexico’s capital, began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Friday, a court-ordered move that came two days after a county clerk in southern New Mexico decided on his own to recognize gay marriage.

Under orders from a judge overseeing a lawsuit by two Santa Fe men trying to get married, County Clerk Geraldine Salazar began issuing licenses to same-sex couples shortly after 1:30 p.m.


The order late Thursday from District Judge Sarah Singleton in the suit represents the first time a New Mexico judge ruled that gay and lesbian couples can be married, said state Representative Brian Egolf, a lawyer representing the men.

New Mexico law doesn’t explicitly prohibit or authorize same-sex couples to be married, but Attorney General Gary King contends the law violates equal protection rights.

associated press

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.