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Sep 11, 2013 1:16 PM by Eric Ross

Same-sex marriage stirs little public outcry in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Lynn Ellins stunned New Mexico last month when the county clerk decided to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But even he was shocked by the lack of public outrage or protest to his decision.

The only crowds that gathered outside his Dona Ana County office were gay couples wanting to marry. The state's top politicians stayed neutral. New Mexico's three Catholic bishops said it was a matter for lawmakers. And an evangelical mega-church in the state's largest city was mum.

Experts and gay rights advocates say the relative lack of an uproar is a sign of how quickly public opinion has turned on the issue. Gay marriage opponents, however, say residents are too busy taking care of their families to worry about organized protests.

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