Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples mid-day Aug. 23. Earlier this week, a county clerk began issuing licenses to gay couples in New Mexico's Dona Ana County.
Salazar, according to press reports, began issuing the licenses under orders from a state district judge.
And the first to receive a license from Salazar's office was Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics and partner Linda Siegle, a lobbyist for Equality New Mexico, a gay rights group. Stefanics is a former Democratic state senator from Santa Fe, according to The AP.
The AP reported that two men who sued for the right to marry – Alexander Hanna and Yon Hudson – also were expected to receive a license on Aug. 23.
A case is before the New Mexico Supreme Court asking for a ruling on whether same-sex couples can marry in the state. New Mexico does not have a constitutional amendment or a state statute that expressly prohibits such marriages, but it also does not have a law that says gay couples can marry.
Meanwhile, Republican legislators were preparing a lawsuit in an attempt to block the counties from issuing licenses to same-sex couples.
Editor's note: This story is developing.