Friday, December 20, 2013

New Mexico Joins Wave of States Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

New Mexico has become the 17th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

"The past few years have seen an amazing show of support for the freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples." —Elizabeth Gill, ACLU (Photo: sigmaration/cc/flickr) The state's supreme court ruling on Thursday stated that
barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution. We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law.
In August, a Doña Ana, New Mexico county clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a practice soon followed by seven other New Mexico counties.

The Hill reports that the action by those 8 counties,

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