Gay marriage has helped fuel a tourism boomlet in gay-friendly Santa Fe, New Mexico.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, nearly one-quarter of the 463 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Santa Fe County since August 23 have been issued to out-of-state couples.

“It's something that never in my wildest dreams I thought would happen, 'cause I'm almost 80 years old,” Dorothy Alexander, 79, told the paper of marrying Devey Napier, 68. “It still makes me kinda dizzy when I think about it.”

The women were married to men when they first met roughly 20 years ago in Oklahoma. After their husbands died, they came out gay and have been together 18 years.

Eight counties, representing nearly 60 percent of New Mexico's population, are currently issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. The issue came to a head when Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced that New Mexico's marriage laws, which are phrased in a gender-neutral manner, do not prohibit gay couples from marrying and independently began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Ellins' move provoked multiple lawsuits, one of which reached the New Mexico Supreme Court.

The high court heard arguments in the case last week.

(Related: New Mexico Supreme Court likely to legalize gay marriage, both sides say.)