NM County Judge 'Legalizes' Same-Sex Marriage

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Judges are making gay marriage legal in New Mexico. The state's largest county is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

On Monday, a state district judge issued the order after a lesbian couple sought an emergency ruling because one of them is dying.

Two New Mexico counties have already been issuing licenses.

Last week, a clerk in southern New Mexico decided on his own to recognize same-sex marriage.

State Sen. William Sharer of Farmington is among several GOP senators threatening to file a lawsuit stop the practice.

He said it is the place of the legislature, not judges or clerks, to make laws.

"It is inexplicable how a district court just today discovered a new definition of marriage in our laws, when our marriage law has not been changed in over a century," USA Today quoted Sharer.

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