And another one has fallen in the marriage equality dominoes. New Mexico’s Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, a Republican, has been ordered by a judge to being issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Stover will decide whether or not to appeal the ruling or start issuing the licenses in the near future.
Los Alamos County would, if they start issuing licenses, become the seventh joining Taos, Dona Ana, Santa Fe, Valencia, San Miguel and Bernalillo.
The ad hoc manner in which same-sex marriage is being legalized in New Mexico has been frustrating for advocates who want the New Mexican Supreme Court to rule on the issue, but they have been having difficulty finding any county clerks who have been willing to actually take the matter up to the next level.
Stover may be the one to do that.
Barring that, the New Mexican Republican Party is planning on mounting a challenge to same-sex marriage through several of their politicians. They keep on using the tired old saw that it is up to the legislature to pass laws and not judges.
The problem is that the state does not actually have a same-sex marriage ban, and the marriage law does not mention anything about man and wife.
Vermont hit a similar situation about a decade go, and that resulted in the creation of civil unions.
Los Alamos is the site of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The LANL is the site where the Manhattan Project was undertaken.