Bernalillo County begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - More than 100 people were lined up Tuesday morning in Albuquerque as the clerk in New Mexico's most populous county began issuing marriages licenses to same-sex couples.

The clerk began issuing the licenses at 8 a.m., and a mass wedding was planned at noon in Albuquerque's Civic Plaza.

The Bernalillo County Clerk joined clerks from the state's other two population centers in recognizing same-sex unions after a judge Monday declared gay marriage legal, saying New Mexico's constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The decision came on the heels of an order last week from a judge in Santa Fe that directed the county clerk there to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

That followed a decision by the clerk in the southern New Mexico county of Dona Ana to recognize same-sex couples.

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