Roosevelt Co. clerk resigns after gay marriage ruling

Posted at: 12/20/2013 1:54 PM
Updated at: 12/20/2013 5:12 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A New Mexico county clerk has quit her job – one day after the state Supreme Court gave the green light to same-sex marriage.

According to other county clerks and state lawmakers, Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter had no appetite for same-sex marriage. Her objection was so strong she quit her job so she wouldn’t have to issue the licenses. Carpenter’s resignation was effective immediately on Friday morning. Her chief deputy clerk, Janet Collins, resigned at the same time.

County Manager Charlene Webb said that left Roosevelt County (on the east side of the state) high and dry when it came to marriage licences and other clerk business – they had to shut the office down.

“If your elected official is gone then you would rely on the chief deputy to fill in,” Webb said. “We have neither, so legally we weren’t able to conduct business. We will have someone appointed Monday and we will be eback open for business.”

The Roosevelt County Commission will appoint the new clerk. People in Portales tell us they didn’t expect any tidal wave of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses, but there are bound to be some as time goes by.