Monday, State District Judge Alan Malott ruled that a marriage equality ban could not be legal because New Mexico prohibits discriminations based on sexual orientation.
Nobody expected such a decision! As reports The Associated Press, the judge had been asked only to order that the state recognize, on her death certificate, a dying woman's marriage Friday in Santa Fe to her longtime partner.
But after a short hearing in which neither the counties nor the state objected to the request, Malott also ruled on the broader lawsuit by that couple and five others seeking marriage licenses.
What's more, the Bernalillo County will not be the only one to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples since Dona Ana County and Santa Fe made the same decision. It remains to be seen whether other counties of the state will follow suit soon.
Marriage equality opponents have planned to try to repeal these rulings.