County clerks seeking clarification on same-sex marriage

Posted at: 08/29/2013 11:02 PM
Updated at: 08/30/2013 8:50 AM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The road to same-sex marriage has been a long one, but in a matter of week, we saw celebration after celebration.

From Santa Fe down I-25 to Las Cruces, couples have been able to enjoy the right of matrimony, but New Mexicans have gotten mixed signals.

Six New Mexico counties allow same-sex marriages. The rest of the 27 don't.

An attorney representing all 33 county clerks filed paperwork Thursday that is expected to send the issue straight to the state Supreme Court.

State senator Bill Sharer of Farmington is on the record stating it's up to the state legislature, not the courts to create law. But the truth is, several bills over the past several years have hit road blocks.

Since New Mexico's legislative branch has failed to address the issue, county clerks are now begging the Supreme Court for clarity, hoping that they get a roadmap and no more dead ends.

The time table for the Supreme Court to hear all this is uncertain, but the attorney for the county clerks hopes it will be within the next month.