New Mexico county clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, Mary Houdek and her longtime partner Norma Vasquez were the first in line.
The women, among 64 same-sex couples allowed to wed in
Sandoval County before commissioners sued to halt the practice,
have been in limbo ever since. New Mexico, whose voters backed a
Republican governor in 2010 and President Barack Obama, a
Democrat, in the past two presidential elections, is the only
U.S. state that has no law related to same-sex marriage or civil
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