NM judge rules same-sex marriage license valid

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By The Staff

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge in Santa Fe has ruled a marriage license issued by a Sandoval County clerk to a same-sex couple was valid, and therefore subject to divorce.

Judge Sarah Singleton made her decision Monday in a hearing over a June 2009 divorce petition brought by Angela Carrejo against JaNelle Haught.

Singleton did not rule whether gay marriage is legal in New Mexico, but looked only at the issue of whether the same-sex marriage licenses were invalid.

Haught, an attorney who represented herself, asked the judge to dismiss the divorce petition.

She argued the marriage was invalid since New Mexico law does not allow same-sex marriage.

Carrejo's lawyer, Amber Train, contended the state does not ban same-sex marriage.