Court: New Mexico constitution doesn’t allow gay-marriage ban
Daniel Malachowski, left, and Thomas Chelena hold their candles high during a gathering Thursday night in front of the state Supreme Court after justices ruled that the New Mexico Constitution does not allow a ban on gay marriage. Dozens of people gathered at the court to celebrate what many consider a victory in the fight for marriage equality. Malachowski and Chelena, who have been together 38 years, were married in Santa Fe on Aug. 26. Jane Phillips/The New Mexican
New Mexico Supreme Court justice Charles Daniels, at left, listens to attorney James Campbell, standing with back to camera, who represented a number of Republican legislators, during oral arguments on same-sex marriage in Santa Fe in October. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico. AP/The Albuquerque Journal, Pool
Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:25 pm
Updated: 7:25 pm, Thu Dec 26, 2013.
The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that it’s unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples in New Mexico.
News of the ruling, which came after eight county clerks in the state had started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this year, spread quickly on social media and touched off celebrations among marriage-equality advocates.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:25 pm.
Updated: 7:25 pm.