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UPDATED: Los Alamos County, N.M. couple denied marriage license win in court

(Editor's note: Since this story was published today, a state district judge upheld a decision that ordered Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples who want to marry. Stover complied later today, issue a license to Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau, who had sued for the right to marry.)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover refused Tuesday to comply with a judge’s order to issue a marriage license to a lesbian couple, at least temporarily denying the gay marriage movement in New Mexico another victory.

Stover, a Republican, said the constitutionality of a state law that requires “male” and “female” to be listed on marriage application forms should be decided by the Legislature or the state Supreme Court, not by county clerks or lower courts.

She said she plans to show up in court today to argue her stance.

“Piecemeal litigation in courts across New Mexico is not good governance,” Stover said in a statement. “County clerks need a comprehensive and clear answer from the state of New Mexico addressing this issue.”

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