AG King won't defend ban on gay marriage

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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 11:30 pm | Updated: 7:52 am, Tue Jul 23, 2013.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.

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  • henry griswold posted at 12:37 pm on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 218

    god is a 'him' or 'her'?
    maybe a transgender!

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:14 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    I vote Todd for God!

  • Steven Fisher posted at 9:40 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    sfisher951 Posts: 25

    Sorry Todd Pollard but if you can't even spell (it's "disgrace" and not "disgrase"), your opinions are not going to be viewed very seriously. Evidently you have forgotten that the U.S. is a secular society, not a theocracy (look it up if you need to). This means that we enact laws that are consistent with our Constitution, not any particular religion's sacred book. If you really want to follow "the word of god" as set forth in the OT and NT of the Christian Bible, then you should support (inter alia) slavery, the stoning to death of adulturers, and the beating of ungrateful children. And you should never wear clothing made of multiple fibers, eat pork, or marry outside of your religion. When you pick and choose the edicts and proscriptions that appeal to you, all you do is make a mockery of the god you profess to believe in. Chris was love and tolerance; you are demonstrating you neither love your fellow human beings nor do you tolerate cultural differences.

  • Steven Fisher posted at 9:32 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    sfisher951 Posts: 25

    Hmmm - you say (without any evidence, only your own biases): "more him look more like a fool." Well, King is in good company with American liberals such as Obama and American conservatives such as Cheney and Portman, not to mention international figures like Queen Elizabeth and Francois Hollande. They are hardly fools. And NM and the other 13 states that have approved gay marriage will now be on par with respected countries such as Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Iceland, Mexico, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and Uruguay. Sounds like pretty good company to me, particulary the three countries who arguably function as the "parental units" of the U.S:" England, France and Spain.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 9:28 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    The addition of God is not required for all oaths. For example, the actual wording in Article II Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution, at least for the President's Oath of Office, is as follows:

    Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:--"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."


    A history of the U.S. Senate's oath is here.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:52 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 874

    The founding fathers were very clear that people could worship as they choose, without government interference.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 8:51 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 874

    When they swear that oath, do they end with so help me God?

  • Khal Spencer posted at 8:46 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    Civic leaders swear to uphold and protect the Constitution (State and Federal). The Founders were careful to say, explicitly, that no law should be passed that respects an establishment of religion, nor prevents the free exercise thereof. If you don't like gay marriage, then by all means marry straight.

    Banning gay marriage is an issue that is rapidly running out of political gas. Let's move on to something important. How about gun control ;-)

  • Khal Spencer posted at 8:40 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    Sounds like a reasonable interpretation of the equal protection clause, and also of the nagging issue that the Constitution doesn't mention marriage. Mr. King's argument, that the equal protection clause means that straights and gays have to be treated equally before the law, seems credible. Since the State sanctions marriage, which provides a plethora of legal benefits, the state cannot discriminate.

    On behalf of several friends of mine who would benefit from this ruling, I hope it stands. It surely won't be any skin off my nose if it does and will definitely help others. Including, of course, the divorce lawyer profession and all those social conservative causes that will now have another fund raising opportunity.

    Thank you, Mr. King.

  • mark mocha posted at 7:41 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    brnfre47 Posts: 210

    The "word of god?" Show me that in the constitution. Where did you go to school? Our AG finally took a stand and it's the right stand. Everyone, all people (even you) deserve the same rights. No bias based on race, ethnicity, RELIGION, political belief... blah, blah, blah. About time America started being America again and not some wishy, washy, mealy mouthed wannabe country. 'Bout time elected officials started taking positions based on the what the majority wants and not what some rich or connected donors want. Hey King, way to go. You have more support than you realize.
    Hey Todd, the God I believe in doesn't require or want me to fear him/her, only to love and be loved. Funny, isn't that what Christ said?

  • David Gunter posted at 7:21 am on Tue, Jul 23, 2013.

    DavidGunter Posts: 30

    Sorry, but the creators of this country seemed very clear about keeping religion out of our politics. No elected or appointed government official has any duty, nor any power, to enforce your false "Word of God."


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