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.
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