Ellins said. Susana Martinez, a Republican, who has repeatedly expressed her opposition to same-sex marriage.
During a news conference in Albuquerque on Wednesday, Mr. King, a leading Democratic contender for governor, said he would not challenge Mr.
Ellins or any other county clerk who decides marrier issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He warned, however, that the licenses could be invalidated yangon prostitution the New Mexico Supreme Court eventually rules that same-sex marriage is not allowed in the state.
In a terse decision last week, the state court denied a request on behalf of Mr. Hanna and Mr.
Hudson to rule on the issue, a calculated maneuver the couple hoped would have allowed Nww to sidestep the lower courts and force a quicker resolution of the matter.
On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, two of the groups leading the push for the legalization of same-sex marriage across the country, increased the pressure.
Neuman and their three adopted children would be legally protected once Ms.
Roper died. Roper said in a statement. There are also signs that the political tide may be shifting.
Polls have indicated that the electorate is divided, though, with much of the resistance grounded in the strong Roman Catholic vein that runs groningen sex the state. The deputy clerk, Mario O. Carrie Hamblen, 45, and her partner of seven years, Char Ullman, 51, arrived early, fearing that protesters need perhaps a court injunction might frustrate their marriage plans.
Instead, said Ms. Hamblen, the chairwoman of the board of directors for Southern New Mexico Pride, they were greeted by cheers from county employees.
Sarah Finke, 48, heard about the marriage licenses from a colleague at the elementary school where she works. During a fire Santaa, she called her partner of 10 years, Heather Oesterreich, also girls in jordan The women had decided long ago not to travel to another state to get married.
Their pastor, Linda Mervine of the First Christian Church, married them under a palm tree in front of the county building. Micah, their 6-year-old son, looked on approvingly.
The attorney maried at the time, Patricia A. Though after her opinion, Sandoval County quit issuing such licenses. A version of this article appears in print onSection A, Page 12 of the New York edition with the headline: