Gay and lesbian couples received the majority of marriage licenses issued by Santa Fe County in the past year.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, gay couples accounted for 55 percent, or nearly 1,400, of the licenses issued by the county. At least 600 of the couples who received a marriage license in Santa Fe traveled from Texas and Oklahoma.

A similar trend can be seen in Taos County, where 48 percent of the 498 licenses issued since August 28, 2013 have gone to gay couples. More than 180 of the licenses were issued to couples from Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.

New Mexico became the 17th state to allow gay couples to marry largely through the actions of one man, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins.

Ellins decided to independently act against the accepted interpretation of state law on August 21, 2013, saying that he had concluded that the state's marriage statutes are “gender neutral and do not expressly prohibit Dona Ana County from issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples.”

Nine counties quickly followed Ellins' lead, sparking a legal battle that culminated in the state Supreme Court ruling that legalized marriage equality across New Mexico.

An effort to reverse the ruling with a ballot measure quickly fizzled.

Ellins told the Las Cruces Sun-News in late July that he has handed out nearly 900 licenses to gay couples.