Thursday, December 19, 2013

Marriage Equality State #17 - New Mexico

The news today was dominated by the anti LGBT comments by Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson. I saw it covered relentlessly on every channel  I watched. 

Interesting then, that I didn’t see on these same shows that  New Mexico today became the 17th state to legalize marriage equality.

From the Court Ruling… 

Prohibiting same-gender marriages is not substantially related to the governmental interests advanced by the parties opposing same-gender marriage or to the purposes we have identified. Therefore, 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.


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