Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover on Wednesday was ordered by a judge to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, making Los Alamos the eighth county to do so in recent weeks.

Stover was ordered last week by District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson to begin issuing such licenses or appear before the court to explain why that should not happen. Stover, a Republican, decided to fight the order, saying that the state's marriage license “does not work for same-sex couples, and that is a matter for the Legislature to fix, not a clerk and not a district judge.”

Janet Newton and Maria Thibodeau filed the case after Stover's office denied them a license. The couple received their marriage license shortly after Raphaelson ruled.

According to the AP, Stover did not say whether she would appeal the ruling.

The availability of marriage licenses in New Mexico broadened quickly following Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins' August 21 decision without a court order to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

A group of GOP lawmakers, led by state Senator William Sharer, have filed a lawsuit seeking to block Ellins from issuing additional marriage licenses.

(Related: New Mexico GOPer William Sharer: Gay men should stop “whoring,” marry women.)