By Thomas Garcia
QCS Senior Writer
Pam Workman and Lisa Harvey of Oklahoma City, Okla., applied for and received the first same-sex marriage license issued in Quay County.
The couple received their license Thursday, said Georgia Lujan, deputy county clerk.
Workman said Harvey asked her to marry in July. They had planned to marry on Valentines Day in Maine, Delaware or California.
“Lisa asked me on Tuesday, do you want to wait for Feb. 14 or Friday in Tucumcari,” Workman said.
Workman said she and Harvey have been together for 18 months, adding, “When you know you know.”
Harvey said they did discuss the possibility of holding a large ceremony, though that simply is not their style. She said they are perfectly happy to have the ceremony conducted by municipal judge Joe Dominguez in Tucumcari.
Workman said she enjoyed the drive from Oklahoma City to Tucumcari. She said they even stopped in Amarillo and ate at the Big Texan restaurant.
Harvey said same-sex marriages are not legal in Oklahoma, though her employer will recognize her marriage and her spouse will be eligible for benefits.
Workman and Harvey said they were excited and happy to be the first in Quay County to be issued same-sex marriage license.
A Dec. 19 ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court authorized the issuing of same-sex marriage licenses.
The Quay County Clerk has received many calls from locals and people out of state inquiring about the same-sex marriage license, said Chief Deputy Clerk Ellen White.
White said a couple from Edmond, Okla., applied and received their marriage license on Friday and a third couple from Amarillo Texas, applied and received their same-sex marriage license on Tuesday.