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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Could New Mexico be next?
New Mexico's Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments tomorrow (Wednesday Oct 23rd) in a case that could bring marriage equality to the state. The court agreed to take the case in August after county clerks asked for a final clarification of state law, which neither explicitly permits nor prohibits same-sex marriage. The justices could rule on the matter immediately or take the case under consideration and issue a ruling later.
Gay marriage became a hot-button issue in NM two months ago when the Dona Ana County clerk decided independently to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. Seven other counties followed. Some took the step voluntarily and some, such as Santa Fe County, faced court orders after same-sex couples who had been denied marriage licenses filed lawsuits. More than 1,000 licenses have been issued so far.