Republican lawmakers hire attorney for same-sex marriage legal battle

Posted at: 09/10/2013 1:49 PM
Updated at: 09/10/2013 1:50 PM
By: staff

GOP lawmakers have hired an attorney to represent them in a same-sex marriage lawsuit in New Mexico.

Albuquerque attorney Paul Becht will represent the seven Republican lawmakers who filed the suit. They are suing Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins for issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

"You know a marriage is a relationship with which children come about and they have to be reared, cared for and taught and that's a basic fundamental of a culture," Becht said.

Last month, Ellins started issuing the licenses, saying it was the right thing to do.

The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear arguments on the issue on Oct. 23.

There are now eight New Mexico counties issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.