New Mexico county prepares for same-sex marriages hearing

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The clerk for New Mexico's most populous county has a supply of new forms ready in case a court orders her to issue licenses for same-sex marriages.

A judge in Albuquerque has scheduled a hearing Monday afternoon on a request by a couple from Pojoaque to have their marriage recognized. Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she's had 1,000 licenses printed.

The hearing was originally scheduled on a motion to force the county to issue Jen Roper, who is dying of cancer, and Angelique Neuman a marriage license. But they got married in Santa Fe Friday after a judge in a different lawsuit ordered the Santa Fe County clerk to issue licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Also last week, the Dona Ana County clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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