Bernalillo County prints same-sex marriage licenses

Posted at: 08/26/2013 12:55 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- A district court hearing in Albuquerque could pave the way for marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Bernalillo County.

In anticipation of the judge's ruling, the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office printed around 1,000 marriage licenses that could be issued to same-sex couples. The difference? The new licenses say, "spouse and spouse." The old licenses read, "bride and groom."

The hearing centers around a Santa Fe County couple who filed an emergency motion for a marriage license last week. The judge will now decide whether or not the state recognizes Jen Roper and Angelique Neuman's marriage. Roper and Neuman were married Friday when a judge ruled that the Santa Fe County clerk had to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The couple filed the lawsuit to ensure that Neuman and their children would receive Roper's benefits if she were to pass away. Roper has life-threatening brain cancer.

Bernalillo County wants to be ready if a judge decides last minute to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the county.

The hearing takes place at 3 p.m. Stick with KOB Eyewitness News 4 and for updates.