Roosevelt County, New Mexico on Monday issued its first marriage license to a gay couple.

Following a ruling in December by the New Mexico Supreme Court legalizing such unions in the state, County Clerk Donna Carpenter and her chief deputy, Janet Collins, tendered their resignations, saying that they objected to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

(Related: New Mexico: 17th state to legalize gay marriage.)

ā€œI must obey God's law,ā€ Carpenter stated in her resignation letter. ā€œDisobedience of God's laws will never solve society's problems.ā€

According to KRQE, county commissioners appointed Deaun Searl as interim county clerk during an emergency meeting. It was uncertain whether Searl would run for election in November's general election.

Searl issued the county's first marriage license to two men, who said they had no idea they would be the first.