Doña Ana county clerk Lynn Ellins issued the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the state last August, and is now donating to a statewide marriage equality organization the leftover funds he raised to help pay his legal fees.
Marriage equality is 'now the law of the land,' says Gov. Susana Martinez, who earlier had advocated a popular vote on the matter.
The clerk of Roosevelt County and her chief deputy have declined to handle marriage licenses for gay couples.
New Mexico becomes the 17th state to enact marriage equality, with a unanimous decision by the state's highest court.
The New Mexico Pediatric Society, the New Mexico Psychological Association, and the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Social Workers all came forward for marriage equality as the state awaits a court decision.
More than 1,030 same-sex couples are raising 2,000 children in the state but not allowed to access marriage benefits, according to the Williams Institute.
The New Mexico Supreme Court heard hourlong arguments Wednesday from both supporters and opponents of marriage equality.
The state's highest court is hearing opening arguments in a case set to determine whether or not New Mexico's constitution allows for marriage equality today.
The ACLU and NCLR filed legal briefs urging the New Mexico Supreme Court to declare marriage equality the law of the land.