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NM county told to issue same-sex marriage licenses
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque judge has ordered the clerk of New Mexico's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples.
State District Judge Alan Malott issued the ruling Monday in the case of a lesbian couple who sought an emergency ruling because one of them is dying.
In an unexpected turn, the couple was able to get married Friday after a judge in a separate case ordered the Santa Fe clerk to issue same-sex licenses.
Also last week, the clerk of Dona Ana County in southern New Mexico decided on his own to recognize same-sex marriage.
Malott says New Mexico's constitution prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.