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Judge orders same-sex marriages in N.M. county

ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque judge has ordered the clerk of New Mexico’s most populous county to join two other counties in issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

State District Judge Alan Malott issued the ruling Monday in the case of a lesbian couple from Pojoaque who sought an emergency ruling because one of them is dying.

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A hearing was held Monday, just days after the Santa Fe County clerk started issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples because of a court order.

At the opposite side of the state, the clerk of Dona Ana County decided on his own to recognize same-sex marriage.

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver said she had 1,000 licenses printed in case there there was a favorable ruling.

The hearing originally was scheduled on an emergency motion to force the county to issue a marriage license to Jen Roper, who is dying of cancer, and Angelique Neuman.

The couple last week joined a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two other lesbian couples.

But Roper and Neuman got married Friday in the lobby of the cancer center at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center after a judge in a different lawsuit ordered the Santa Fe County clerk to issue licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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