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NM County Clerk Gives To Gay Marriage Campaign

Monday Jan 13, 2014
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Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins, left, talks with Thom Hinks, and Richard Sunman, far right, after they obtained their marriage license at the Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office in Las Cruces, N.M.
Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins, left, talks with Thom Hinks, and Richard Sunman, far right, after they obtained their marriage license at the Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office in Las Cruces, N.M.   (Source:AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A southern New Mexico county clerk who faced a lawsuit for issuing same-sex marriage licenses is donating the rest of his defense fund to a pro-gay marriage campaign.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins plans to give the money to New Mexico Unites for Marriage Equality.

Ellins, who announced his decision Friday, says a few thousand dollars are left.

In September, a website raised $33,067 for Ellins’ defense in a lawsuit filed by a group of state legislators challenging the issue of the licenses. Another $3,000 came from mail-in donations.

Dona Ana County officials say Ellins’ legal expenses were about $31,000.

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled in December that barring same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses was unconstitutional.

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