Clemson University, the University of North Carolina, the Alabama University and the University the University at Albany in New York have announced they will no longer be issuing same-gender marriage licenses to same- and opposite-sex couples.
The university said in a statement Friday that “due to the heightened sensitivity and complexity of the issue, we cannot issue licenses to any individuals until we understand fully the impact on our students and the communities we serve.”
University of New Mexico law professor Mark Boulware said he will not be issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples until the state legislature has approved legislation that would allow for gay and straight couples to marry.
“It’s a big change for a university, a big transition, for a state,” BoulWare said.
The law in New Mexico requires that marriages performed at a licensed marriage facility be approved by the state, but Boulwer said that the state has been unwilling to enforce the law. “
I think it does help our students, their families and their friends, and they have an incredible opportunity to make history in this state.”
The law in New Mexico requires that marriages performed at a licensed marriage facility be approved by the state, but Boulwer said that the state has been unwilling to enforce the law.
“It’s still in the process of being implemented,” he said.
New Mexico’s state Senate has been considering a bill to allow same- sex couples to wed, and Boulwerk said that if the bill passes the Assembly it will likely become law in time for the upcoming legislative session.
The University of Oklahoma and the Alabama-Bama University System have also announced they would no longer issue licenses, a move that was first reported by the Associated Press.