Curry County judges stop performing marriages, others step in

Curry County judges stop performing marriages, others step in

Clovis, NM - Of the 146 marriages done in Curry County since December, 35 of them have been same-sex and none of them have been done by Justices of the Peace.

Even before same-sex marriage became legal in New Mexico this past December, many County Clerks were allowing it.

But because it was still illegal many were threatened with being sued.

That's when the Curry County Judges decided to get out.

"Well, when we started being sued the judges decided at that time they didn't want to be involved in that, so they all issued a letter saying until further notice they were suspending their marriage performances, so they quit and at this time we have no marriages being performed by judges," said Curry County Clerk Rosalie Riley.

And because of this, many people who became ordained on the Internet are stepping in to marry those who contact the Curry County Clerk needing an officiate.

And for some of those officiates it's personal.

"It means a lot being a Lesbian to be able to help others out, but it's just no words for it," Krystin Hunt who is an Internet Ordained Officiate said.

And the Curry County Clerk agrees and says now that same-sex marriage is legalized, it's just another part of her job.

"We're all human being (s) and we need to be tolerant of each other and my personal preference is different than the law, I swore I would uphold the law and by quitting I didn't feel like...or if I resigned I didn't feel like that was going to accomplish anything, I promised the people of Curry County when they voted me as County Clerk, that I would do my job and that's exactly what I'm doing," said Riley. "Some of them have been together for 15 to 20 years and they just want the right to be able to have the same name and have the same tax consequences and everything everybody else has."