Three New Mexico counties on Tuesday said that they would join three counties currently issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

County clerks in San Miguel (Las Vegas) and Valencia (Los Lunas) announced they were prepared to move forward, while the Taos county clerk was preparing for a court to order her to do so.

The moves come a day after a New Mexico judge declared such unions legal in New Mexico and ordered the county clerks of Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

(Related: New Mexico judge declares gay marriage legal; orders county to issue licenses.)

Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples without a court order last week.

While New Mexico has 33 counties, more than half (56%) of the population lives in these six counties.

In Bernalillo, the state's most populous county, more than 80 couples helped inaugurate the new policy with a mass wedding held on Albuquerque's Civic Plaza at noon. More than 200 guests were in attendance to witness the historic moment.