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Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announces that his office is now issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples Wednesday, a first in the state’s history, in Las Cruces, N.M. Gay and lesbian couples flocked to southern New Mexico for a second day Thursday to take advantage of a surprise decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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2nd NM county issuing same-sex marriage licenses

The county clerk in the New Mexico state capital and the heart of this state’s gay rights movement began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples Friday, a court-ordered move that came just two days after a county clerk on the other end of the state decided on his own to recognize same-sex marriage.

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