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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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17 comments:

  • AGarcia posted at 9:21 pm on Tue, Dec 24, 2013.

    AGarcia Posts: 16

    Where does it say that Adam married Eve?

     
  • AGarcia posted at 9:19 pm on Tue, Dec 24, 2013.

    AGarcia Posts: 16

    Congratulations and God bless all couples with a long life of love!

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 1:10 pm on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 416

    The legal issue of civil marriage is making sure gay or lesbian couples, especially those with long term committed relationships, have legal rights equivalent to your marriage or mine. The moral issues of faith are between us and our maker. Peace be with you.[smile]

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 1:00 pm on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 416

    I can't find a NM poll, but from Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_opinion_of_same-sex_marriage_in_the_United_States#Polls_in_2013

    A September Quinnipiac University poll found that 56% of American adults and 57% of registered voters supported same-sex marriage. Only 36% of both groups were opposed.[13]

    A July 10–14 poll by Gallup found support for gay marriage at 54%, a record high, and double the support of 27% Gallup first measured when the question was asked in 1996.[14]

    A July poll by USA Today found that 55% of Americans supported gay marriage while 40% did not.[15]

    A May 9 Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 55% of Americans supported gay marriage while 40% did not.[16]

    A March 20–24 CBS News Poll found that 53% of Americans supported same-sex marriage, 39% opposed it, and 8% were undecided.[17] The same poll also found that 33% of Americans who thought same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry said they once held the opposite view and had changed their opinion.

    A March 7–10 Washington Post-ABC News[18] poll found that 58% of Americans support same-sex marriage while 36% opposed. The poll indicated that 52% of GOP-leaning independents under 50 years old supported gay marriage.[19]

    A March Quinnipiac University poll of voters found 47% supported same-sex marriage and 43% were opposed.[20]

     
  • Cathy McManus posted at 12:24 pm on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    CMcManus Posts: 40

    I hope that the next legislative session does not take up Sharer's proposal to amend the constitution. This would be a terrible and expensive waste of taxpayer $ when there are way more important issues to legislate like the state economy and job growth, education, tax reform and environmental issues and climate change and thet state's dire straits with the issue of WATER. I hope they will not waste time on women's health issues either!

     
  • David Gunter posted at 11:56 am on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    DavidGunter Posts: 30

    Against the will of the people? Not here in New Mexico, where a poll conducted as recently as last September showed for the first time that a majority of New Mexicans were in favor of same-sex marriage.

    So whose will are you referring to?

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 11:44 am on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 656

    When will bigoted ignorant religious zealots pull their heads out and realize not everybody believes in their dogma's. The bible, Koran, whatever is not the Constitution.

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 9:29 am on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 416

    Your concerns are entirely predicated on the slippery slope logical fallacy.

    Nonetheless, a law or amendment overturning this decision would have to pass both houses of the legislature. I think that has been tried several times. I guess you can try again. Public opinion has been sliding away from banning gay marriage for the last decade. Would be interesting to hold a poll in New Mexico now that this decision has been made. In Hawaii, the public did get pretty grumpy after the Hawaii Supreme Court issued an opinion almost identical to this one back in the early 1990's (Baehr vs. Miilke) and in 1998, the Hawaii State Constitution was amended to allow the Legislature to define marriage.

    Interestingly, the Hawaii legislature defined marriage a few weeks ago, and it included same sex marriage as part of that definition. Times change.

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 6:57 am on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    The 1st Amendment clearly does not address the moral issues of the legal definition of civil marriage and the definition of marriage; however, the Holy Scriptures that were written before our time is the primary source of the truth on what the true definition of what a marriage is regardless on what opinion any one may say on the matter.
    [wink]

     
  • Nathan Hjelm posted at 6:59 pm on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    hjelmn Posts: 1

    @FranciscoCarbajal Really? Please tell me you are being sarcastic. This ruling is great progress in bringing equality to all New Mexicans. You and Susana should crawl back into your respective caves.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 5:42 pm on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 870

    Yes, but now the statutes needs to be re-written to reflect this ruling.

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 5:35 pm on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 416

    Please try to understand there is a difference between the legal definition of civil marriage and the definition of marriage in your faith. Also, please re-read the 1st Amendment. Thanks.

     
  • John "JC" Warfield posted at 4:16 pm on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    JC Warfield Posts: 1

    Not an attorney, but my understanding is that Constitutional law takes precedence over statutes.

    Years ago, on this board, I expressed an opinion that I felt that same-sex marriage should be identified with some other name other than marriage. I have since given thought about this issue and have concluded that I was absolutely wrong in my past opinion.

    With this, If I have offended anyone with my past opinion, then please accept this post as an apology.

    Also, congratulations to all who will benefit from this ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

    John C. Warfield

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 4:12 pm on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    The final say-so in this so-called "equality rules the land" debate is not over. The NM Supreme Court decision on the debate means nothing to the traditional married couple in NM. Regardless, as a married couple, we have to protect and defend the traditional marriage institution that we know to be true and solid in the eyes of God's Kingdom. The definition of man and woman for marriage purposes is not a new definition for the year of 2013 or future, because if you read the Holy Scriptures in Book of Genesis, it will tell you exactly on what the true marriage definition is. Definitely, I do not need the NM Supreme Court to define and legal rule on what it is otherwise.

     
  • Khal Spencer posted at 1:50 pm on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 416

    Good show. Equality rules the land.

    Now lets move on to other things. As to the Governor and Sen. Sharer, I think you are flogging a dead horse. With all due respect, please stop.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 1:09 pm on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 870

    http://statutes.laws.com/new-mexico/chapter-40/article-2/section-40-2-1

    Did the court figure out who would be the husband, the wife?

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 12:10 pm on Thu, Dec 19, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 870

    Hurry, the line's forming at the Cathedral.

     

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