UPDATE 2 (4:15 p.m. Eastern): Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade points out that Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar told the Santa Fe New Mexican she will not be able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the state’s law is clarified:
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss publically encouraged county clerks this week to issue such licenses and said current law allows it.
But clerks in Curry, Doña Ana and Santa Fe counties said state law doesn’t let them issue same-sex marriage licenses and they won’t do so without an opinion from state Attorney General Gary King.
Phil Sisneros, a spokesman for King, said the attorney general has not seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.
State Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, has asked King to issue on opinion on the matter.
“We will be working as expeditiously as possible to formulate a response” to the request, Sisneros said.
The lawsuit was the latest in the long fight for same-sex marriage in one of the most Catholic states in the nation.
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