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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 11:00 pm

Finally, a decision.

The New Mexico Supreme Court last week ruled that marriage equality is the law in the Land of Enchantment. With one decision, the court has relieved the uncertainty of families across New Mexico, allowing them equal rights and respect. New Mexico became the 17th state to legalize gay marriage, beating ultra-conservative Utah by one day. Interestingly, the court has explicitly preserved the First Amendment rights of religious organizations, balancing competing interests.

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3 comments:

  • Khal Spencer posted at 10:03 am on Mon, Dec 30, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 323

    I wonder what the Conservative base would have to say if, to paraphrase Sen. Sharer, a Democratic state senator said, while trying to ban assault rifles and large cap magazines, “If they are saying [a ban on private ownership of guns] is unconstitutional, we need to make it constitutional.”

    I am sure that would make people livid. So why can't the political right apply the same principle to gay marriage as it does to firearms ownership? The government has no right to keep taxpaying, law abiding gay couples from having equal protection under the law (including marriage law) just as the government has no right to abridge my right to keep and bear arms.

    If we want a less onerous government that does not infringe on individual rights, we have to be consistent. I think some in the GOP understand this--our Governor, perhaps. So do I need to switch parties so at least one member of the GOP is willing to take a consistent stand on this stuff?

     
  • Keith Pullman posted at 8:27 am on Fri, Dec 27, 2013.

    Keith Pullman Posts: 7

    There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to marry any and all consenting adults. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality. Let's stand up for EVERY ADULT'S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

     
  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 10:24 am on Thu, Dec 26, 2013.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 165

    Oh please, now the media is comparing the same-sex issue as a means of trying to argue the issue as an "American diet" issue. I disagree. Again, if the state constitution was amended in 1972, then, it should be amended again to reflect that every New Mexican has a voter right to change state statute if they choose to have an election on any issue they want to in 2014. The same-sex agenda in New Mexico is NOT the majority like they think they are, because as you all know, many of these same-sex couples are NOT native to the Land of Enchantment. The majority of these elderly people moved into this state with their own pre-concieved ideas on what they think a marriage institution should be like. The legal problem they created to evoke an abrupt change by using the NM Supreme Court as a crutch is another problem they will have to deal with the NM State Legislature in 2014. Again, the majority of traditionalist's who are married as a man and woman in this state did not demand a change to the definition of what a marriage should be. Now, they have no choice but to stand up to the same-sex special interest groups and put it to a constitutional amendment at the state legislature level and vote their conscious out in 2014.[beam]

     
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