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posted Friday, December 20 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 51
New Mexico Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage
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New Mexico Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a unanimous decision, New Mexico's Supreme Court ruled on December 19 that Gay and Lesbian couples have a right to marry in the state.

'We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law,' Justice Edward L. Chavez wrote in the decision.

Eight counties in New Mexico had already been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but others had declined to do so. Officials of all 33 of the state's counties jointly petitioned the state's highest court to settle the issue.

State law does not explicitly forbid or permit same-sex marriages, but marriage license application forms include spaces for 'husband' and 'wife.'

The justices noted that many states previously banned interracial marriages as well. They said that, in order for the state to ban same-sex marriage, it would have to show that it had a substantial interest in preserving traditional marriage.

Supporters of a ban argued that the state has an interest in supporting procreation, and same-sex couples cannot procreate, an argument that Washington's Supreme Court used in denying marriage equality in 2006, in Andersen v. King County.

New Mexico's Supreme Court rejected that argument, however.

'Procreation has never been a condition of marriage under New Mexico law, as evidenced by the fact that the aged, the infertile, and those who choose not to have children are not precluded from marrying,' Chavez wrote.

The Supreme Court decision validates the ruling of a lower state court in Albuquerque that it is a violation of New Mexico's constitution to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. That judge based his decision on a 1972 constitutional amendment adopted by voters that prohibits discrimination 'on account of the sex of any person.'

Dona Ana County was the first to begin issuing marriage licenses to Gay and Lesbian couples on August 21.

Lynn Ellins, announced the change of policy, stating, 'After careful review of New Mexico's laws it is clear that the state's marriage statutes are gender neutral and do not expressly prohibit Doña Ana County from issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples,' County Clerk Lynn Ellins said at the time.

'Any further denial of marriage licenses to these couples violates the United States and New Mexico Constitution and the New Mexico Human Rights Act. Doña Ana County is upholding New Mexico law by issuing these marriage licenses, and I see no reason to make committed couples in Doña Ana County wait another minute to marry.'

Approximately two-dozen same-sex couples received licenses that day, and about 90 couples by Friday, August 23, including some from the neighboring state of Texas.

By the end of August, seven more counties were issuing same-sex licenses, including some 58% of New Mexico's population. Several lawsuits followed, including one by Republican state legislators seeking to block same-sex marriages.

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