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Aug 27, 2013 10:38 AM by Adam Atchison

NM county told to issue same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - More than 100 people were lined up in Albuquerque Tuesday morning as the clerk in New Mexico's most populous county began issuing marriages licenses to gay and lesbian 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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