Officials seek AG's opinion on same-sex marriage licenses

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 11:00 pm

Two officials from Southern New Mexico are asking state Attorney General Gary King for an opinion on whether county clerks in the state can legally issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn J. Ellins and state Rep. Bill McCamely, D-Mesilla Park, sent letters to King’s office on Wednesday requesting the ruling, and noting that public opinion has changed since a 2004 opinion by then-Attorney General Patricia Madrid that county clerks statewide are prohibited from issuing such licenses.

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  • dogunter posted at 3:13 pm on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    dogunter Posts: 5

    No, a civil union does not give any couple the same full rights as married couples enjoy. This was already decided in two states that allowed civil unions only to find that the plethora of laws that benefit a married couple did not do so for whatever definition of civil union they came up, so they allowed full and equal marriage for same sex couples.

    You are right, same-sec marriage is not a civil right. I and many others are claiming it should be.

    And your marriage can mean to you whatever you want it to - that is awesome! And because other people enjoy marriage, even same-sex couples, this should in no way change how you feel about yours. For example, marriage between a man and a woman means that the man owns the woman in some societies still. Does this effect your view of your own marriage in any way?

  • Doug Smart posted at 1:29 pm on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    SantaFeResident Posts: 13

    I am happy to see there is forward movement on same sex marriage in New Mexico. Thanks to Mayor Coss for having the chutzpah to get the ball rolling.

    I fully expect Attorney General King to agree with City Attorney Zamora's 4 reasons why marriage for any 2 qualified adults is already legal in our state. I just hope he does it soon so as to avoid the expense of going to trial on this issue.

    No doubt County Clerk Ellins is right -- there are thousands of New Mexico couples who are committed to marriage and they are getting tired of waiting.

  • henry Griswold posted at 12:13 pm on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 263

    as pointed out yesterday(?) a commentator quoted that the state law for marriage is for a husband & wife.

  • Kate Sjostrand posted at 9:55 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    Kate28 Posts: 17

    I'm Glad Mayor Coss had the intestinal fortitude to make this stand. I'm confident that King will come to the same conclusion. How could he possibly justify acknowledging same-sex marriages from other states while simultaneously asserting that they are not legal here?

  • GP Herbert posted at 9:17 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    GP Herbert Posts: 46

    Where did nanny Coss get any authority over statewide County Clerks?

  • Mins posted at 8:06 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    Mins Posts: 18

    Maybe to you that is all that marriage is, but to many of us it means so much more. A civil union already gives you most of the benefits you list. Why don't you push to have the ones that are lacking to be added to it. We want you to have the tax breaks and the financial benefits. We just don't want to lessen what marriage really is.

  • Mins posted at 7:53 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    Mins Posts: 18

    From your definition how are you going to deny it from the man who wants to marry two wives or the person who wants to marry a person under the age of 18???

    Same sex marriage is not a civil right.


  • dogunter posted at 7:37 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    dogunter Posts: 5

    What a load of BS! Marriage, in the eyes of the government, is nothing but a civil contract between two people, traditionally man and woman. It has nothing to do with love as far as the state is concerned. This contract offers financial benefits, automatic property rights, power of attorney, and other substantial powers to the two people involved in the contract. As such, marriage is a right that is offered by the state and there is no basis for affording it to some while denying it to others. Please keep your religion out of my government.

  • Mins posted at 6:49 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    Mins Posts: 18

    Be very careful here Attorney General King to how you enable marriage to be defined. They want it based on love for each other. What does that leave the door open to? What will you do when a man says he loves two women at the same time and cries equal rights for his marriage. What about men or women who want to marry someone under the age of 18? Next they will cry for equal rights based on age discrimination. Please think this through. We are praying for you!


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