GAY MARRIAGE GOP to challenge state's gay marriages

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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 5:30 pm | Updated: 2:16 pm, Fri Aug 23, 2013.

LAS CRUCES — Republican legislators in New Mexico will challenge a Doña Ana County clerk’s decision this week to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Republican Sen. William Sharer of Farmington said a lawsuit will be filed, potentially by the end of the week, seeking a court order to stop County Clerk Lynn Ellins.

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  • Brian Fejer posted at 6:32 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Post American Posts: 5

    Have you actually read the New Mexico Constitution, it specifically forbids polygamy. What is wrong with you people. You might want to take a course in reasoning and critical thinking and read up on the slippery slope fallacy!

  • Brian Fejer posted at 6:30 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Post American Posts: 5

    Do Republicans understand that we live in a Republic? Republicanism stands for the tenet that ALL citizens have unalienable rights, that cannot be voted away by the tyranny of the majority. It is the job of judges to interpret the law, and the New Mexico Constitution, written in 1911, states
    Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution states, No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor shall any person be denied equal protection of the laws. Equality of rights under Law shall not be denied on account of the sex of any person. If the Gov can't uphold her oath she took to the New Mexico Constitution because of Religion, she should resign.

  • Nena Roberts posted at 10:45 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Nena Posts: 30

    I agree with the Governor. In my opinion this has gotten out of hand with county/city officials and judges making the decisions for the people instead of the decision being made BY the people. If the people vote for same-sex marriage, so be it. But the arrogance of the mindset of being above the law and taking democracy from the hands of the voters has got to stop or we'll see more and more issues being taken from the hands of the voters.

  • Scott Rose posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Scott Rose Posts: 1

    John Onstad: You're confused.

    Marriage equality means, two unrelated adults of the same sexual orientation may marry. The contemporary movement for civil marriage for same-sex couples grew out of two facts; 1) empirically we know that homosexuality is a universally occurring, normal human variant; 2) despite the social prejudice, there long have been many same-sex couples who made lives together. There is no rational basis for discriminating against same-sex couples who wish to marry.

    As Dominic noted above, opposition to homosexuality itself, as well as to civil rights for gay people grows mainly out of anti-gay religious bigotry. It is unconstitutional for a religious stricture to be imposed on people through civil laws.

    All of the irrelevant junk that you are spouting was also being said when the Supreme Court decided Loving v. Virginia, which includes this: "Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival.... To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State."

  • John Onstad posted at 9:05 pm on Tue, Aug 27, 2013.

    John Onstad Posts: 2


    Can you lawfully marry your mother, your sister or your brother?

    Can a man marry 3 women?

    Or perhaps, more realistically, can a man marry a woman, sire several children with her and then divorce her with no consequences?

    Is this your definition of liberty?

    Liberty isn't an unlimited license to do as one pleases, but rather a freedom to act responsibly within the constraints of a moral code.

    I'm sure this is news to you.


  • David Grossman posted at 1:42 pm on Fri, Aug 23, 2013.

    david0296 Posts: 1

    "King’s office has said that state law prohibits same-sex marriage, but those restrictions are unconstitutional."

    I don't think that's true. I think the definition of marriage in New Mexico is gender neutral. Which is why a District Judge ruled that the "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied on account of the sex of any person"...


  • Dominic Montoya posted at 11:39 am on Fri, Aug 23, 2013.

    Dominic Montoya Posts: 59

    Not surprising at all. The GOP in recent times has self-identified as the political party that supports "Liberty". By very definition, doesn't the term "Liberty" encompass the right to marry whomever you wish without government intervention? I get so sick of these GOP politicians who fail to recognize just how hypocritical their stance on this issue really is. Also, what is the number one argument against gay marriage? It is always linked to religion! Uhmmm, don't we provide for separation of church and state in the constitution for a reason? Religious beliefs should be kept to the individual and should have no influence over the lives of other individuals. The discriminatory and unconstitutional actions taken by these GOP politicians, display just how shallow and narrow minded some individuals can be.

  • christopher quintana posted at 7:17 am on Fri, Aug 23, 2013.

    christopher quintana Posts: 32

    When has the GOP ever helped anyone? (GOP- Grand old pricks)


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