Judge rules Bernalillo County can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Posted at: 08/26/2013 3:47 PM
Updated at: 08/26/2013 5:27 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4; Steve Mieczkowski, KOB.com

A district court hearing in Albuquerque Monday paved the way for marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Bernalillo County.

The hearing centered around a Santa Fe County couple who filed an emergency motion for a marriage license last week.

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.

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 new licenses will be issued beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m.

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