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New Mexico recognizes same sex marriage

NEW MEXICO (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New Mexico is now the 17th U.S. state to recognize same sex marriages.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state's anti-gay marriage laws are unconstitutional.

The ruling orders county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples.

Some gay people feel their long legal battle is finally won.    

But not everyone is celebrating. Republican lawmakers plan to introduce a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman.