Valencia, San Miguel, Taos counties to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Posted at: 08/27/2013 11:04 AM
Updated at: 08/27/2013 4:43 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Following the actions of three other counties in the state, the Valencia, San Miguel County and Taos county clerks have decided to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera confirmed she ordered new licenses from the printer, but said she is now issuing "Spouse and Spouse" licenses that have been manually altered starting on Tuesday.

According to Valencia County Clerk Peggy Carabajal, paper stock for the licenses have already been ordered. They plan to change software to print "Spouse and Spouse" instead of "Bride and Groom" as soon as the paper arrives tomorrow morning.

Taos District Judge Jeff McElroy said the county clerk will likely not contest the decision in court and will begin issuing same sex marriage licenses soon.

Business hours will be normal for Valencia and San Miguel counties. It is unknown whether Taos will have special hours.