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Judges stop performing marriages after same-sex ruling in New Mexico

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Two Southeastern New Mexico county judges say they will no longer officiate same-sex weddings.

Not only that, but any weddings to be exact after the state's high court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports judges in Eddy and Chaves Counties recently announced they won't officiate civil marriage ceremonies for both straight and same-sex couples.

The decision was apparently made months ago according to officials in both counties. Judges are not required to officiate weddings under state law, but county clerks are required to issue marriage licenses that must be signed by a judge, minister, or tribal representative.

The Eddy county Judge has said he doesn't have a problem with same-sex marriage, but judges don't have to compromise their beliefs.

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