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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 7:30 pm | Updated: 11:40 pm, Fri Sep 20, 2013.

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King on Friday made his strongest statement yet on same-sex marriage and, in the process, took a swing at Gov. Susana Martinez — whom he hopes to face in the 2014 election for governor.

In a statement titled “Same Sex Marriage is About Civil Rights,” issued by his office, King said he disagreed with Martinez and anyone else who believes the matter of marriage equality should be decided by putting the question before voters in the form of a constitutional amendment. The statement was emailed as a news release and posted on the Attorney General’s Office website and Facebook page.

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9 comments:

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 1:22 pm on Tue, Sep 24, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 482

    We all thought the same when Denish ran, "No more Richardson Administration" and look at what we got. Martinez ONLY won because of this mentality. BUT what would our choice be to get Susana out in 2014, A.G. King??? I tremor at the thought. This guy is as useless as they come.
    Any thinking person will vote for Hector Balderas. We can only hope.

     
  • AGarcia posted at 8:39 am on Mon, Sep 23, 2013.

    AGarcia Posts: 12

    Ms Montano, we don't all have equal rights. If you are married, please tell me that you had issued getting an NM marriage license. Please tell me that you are unable to file taxes jointly (as a married couple). Please tell me that your estate or your spouse's goes, by law, to either of you if you die. Please tell me that your property is not divided as community property if your married. Please tell me that you are allowed to make medical decisions as a spouse without anyone challenging you. Please tell me that you face no discrimination when it comes to medical, insurance and other benefits as a spouse. If your spouse is military, please tell that you are denied spousal benefits such as moving to another country or state because some states do not recognize same sex marriage. Lastly, plese tell me that you are not allowed to legally recognize your marriage because some don't agree with it. When you can tell me that, then you can argue that gays are looking for more rights than you.

     
  • angelica montano posted at 9:24 pm on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

    lv2bugu7 Posts: 4

    Our Governor is not wrong and saying that she is places doubt in the minds of those who are ill informed.

    I am proud of Governor Susanna Martinez and her stand on Marriage. If the Republican agenda stands for Marriage is between a man and a woman, then I am changing my party affiliation to Republican.

    Check your history on everything not Republican. The great fleecing of America began with all the freebies promoted by Democrats. Thanks to them for turning America in to a poverty induced country navigated by illegals.

    More people, more votes for Democrats. It's like their not even aware the gravy train has already left - it's been gone for years.-

     
  • angelica montano posted at 9:01 pm on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

    lv2bugu7 Posts: 4

    At least Mr. Green and Mr. Bennett Get It!

    And for those of you who are jealous of our governor and her accomplishments, get over it and learn the history regarding the foundation and basis for civil rights.

    In case you do not know, we all have equal rights, we have the same rights as gays. What they want is to have MORE rights than anyone else.

    If and when the laws are changed, and there is a special exclusion for gays, make sure there is a specific distinction, call it something else not marriage.

     
  • Jimmy Green posted at 4:13 pm on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

    Evil_J Posts: 112

    what a conflict. historically in NM the democratic base is hispanic and catholic. No wonder he doesn't want the citizens to vote on it. However, the NM constitution, regarding marriage, is non existent. the only thing it says about marriage is that you can't have more than one spouse (specifically wife). we are the only state left in the union that has no definition of marriage. So, should it go to a vote for amendment? Heck yes. Will it go the way King wants? maybe not. But if it doesn't get amended, then the question of marriage licenses issued gay couples and their validity in other states comes into question. PS: the civil rights argument is BS. Where is MY civil right to marry my pet goat? Or my pre-teen niece?

     
  • Cathy McManus posted at 11:33 am on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

    CMcManus Posts: 31

    Susana Martinez should not allow the electorate to vote on civil rights. Martinez is bad for NM and should be told so in the 2014 elections. Anyone but Martinez. No Mas from this silly egotistical woman.

     
  • John Bennett posted at 10:34 am on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

    JohnBennett Posts: 10

    By all means, let's turn this election into social issues and budget issues be damned. Welcome back to fiscally irresponsible government, scandal and corruption brought to you by the Democrat run state. If it's not okay for the people of New Mexico to vote on gay marriage, then maybe they shouldn't be allowed to vote for Governor or any state legislators. Let's just have some potentate like King decide what's best for the people. After all, don't they ALWAYS know what's best for the state of New Mexico. Just like drivers licenses, where 70% of the population is opposed to issuing them to illegal aliens, yet the elected legislature won't overturn Richardson's Law. That's REAL GOVERNMENT by the people, in the brave old world of New Mexico politics.

     
  • Steven Fisher posted at 9:52 am on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

    sfisher951 Posts: 25

    As AG King noted, it is not appropriate for civil rights issues to be decided by voters. Had this been the case in connection with suffrage, women might still not have the vote. Had it been the case in connection with equal opportunity for people of color, blacks, hispanics, etc. would still be second class citizens. And had it been the case with inter-racial marriage, mixed-race relationships would still not be legal in many states. Why is it that, even now, people who take certain basic rights for granted as far as they themselves are concerned,feel entitled to deny others those same rights? History will judge them as harshly as we now judge those who stood in the way of progress in the past.

     
  • Rosemarie Ferrara posted at 9:41 am on Sat, Sep 21, 2013.

    AlamoShape Posts: 3

    For Pete’s sake, Susanna, even the Pope said to back off gay marriage. King is on the right side of history, and the fact we are even discussing this is evidence of how wrong Martinez and the Republican agenda is for the citizens of the great State of New Mexico.

     
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