The last four holdout counties in Utah will now issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, as the state continues to seek a stay — and, eventually, an overturn — of a judge's marriage equality ruling.
Gov. Bob McDonnell's duties do not involve enforcing marriage laws, so he'll no longer be a defendant in the suit seeking marriage equality in the state, a judge has ruled.
But the federal judge who issued the initial ruling will hear the state's argument against marriage equality in court on Monday.
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.