Sanctity of Marriage Alive, Well

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The number of marriage licenses issued this year remains steady

By Kirsten Laskey

As of Tuesday morning, Jim Miller and Lynn Miller were the newest married couple in Los Alamos.
The bride and groom wore identical blue jeans and white button-down shirts. A small wedding party gathered in the court room to witness the couple’s union, which Magistrate Judge Pat Casados officiated.
Tears and hugs were shared as Casados proclaimed them husband and wife.
Before the ceremony started, Lynn joked about her and her husband already having the same last name. “When we get married, he will take my name,” she said.
The number of marriages in Los Alamos has held steady over the years. From Jan. 1 through Monday, 97 marriage licenses were issued, deputy clerk Naomi Maestas  said.
Last year, there were 99 licenses issued and in 2008 the number was 98, Maestas said.
The ages of individuals coming in for a marriage license vary, she added, but the majority is between 20 and 35 years old. She said a lot of people come in for marriage licenses in the summer time but requests also come in mid-December.
Not all marriages have a happy ending, however.

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