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Case Name Newton v. Stover PB-NM-0004
Docket / Court D-132-CV-201300094 ( State Court )
State/Territory New Mexico
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Same-Sex Marriage
Case Summary
On Aug. 28, 2013, this same-sex couple filed a writ of mandamus in state district court for the county of Los Alamos, New Mexico. The plaintiffs asked the court to compel the county clerk to issue them a marriage license.

On Aug. 29, 2013, the court (Judge Sheri Raphaelson) issued the ... read more >
On Aug. 28, 2013, this same-sex couple filed a writ of mandamus in state district court for the county of Los Alamos, New Mexico. The plaintiffs asked the court to compel the county clerk to issue them a marriage license.

On Aug. 29, 2013, the court (Judge Sheri Raphaelson) issued the writ of mandamus and ordered the county clerk to issue the marriage license.

On Sept. 3, 2013, the county requested a stay of the writ while they appealed.

This case was resolved by the New Mexico Supreme Court's December 19, 2013 decision in the case Griego v. Oliver, which held that the state's constitution required the issuing of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Andrew Junker - 12/09/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Marriage
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Los Alamos County Clerk
Plaintiff Description A same-sex couple
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Declaratory Judgment
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Limited Partnership
http://www.limitedpartnershipmovie.com/
By: Thomas G. Miller
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  United States Government says L.A. Gay Couple‚Äôs 1975 Marriage is Valid
The Pride L.A.
Written: Jun. 07, 2016
By: Troy Masters
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Docket(s)
D-132-CV-201300094 (State Trial Court) 09/03/2013
PB-NM-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
State Court Website
General Documents
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Judges Raphaelson, Sheri A. (State Trial Court)
PB-NM-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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