New Mexico Supreme Court Rules For Marriage Equality

    December 19, 2013
    Toni Matthews-El
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The New Mexico Supreme Court has made a landmark decision regarding marriage equality. The panel of five judges ruled that same-sex marriages were legal across the state.

An excerpt of the decision reads:

We conclude that although none of New Mexico’s marriage statutes specifically prohibit same-gender marriages, when read as a whole, the statutes have the effect of precluding same-gender couples from marrying and benefiting from the rights, protections, and responsibilities that flow from a civil marriage. Same-gender couples who wish to enter into a civil marriage with another person of their choice and to the exclusion of all others are similarly situated to opposite-gender couples who want to do the same, yet they are treated differently.

Because same-gender couples (whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, hereinafter “LGBT”) are a discrete group which has been subjected to a history of discrimination and violence, and which has inadequate political power to protect itself from such treatment, the classification at issue must withstand intermediate scrutiny to be constitutional. Accordingly, New Mexico may neither constitutionally deny same-gender couples the right to marry nor deprive them of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of marriage laws, unless the proponents of the legislation—the opponents of same-gender marriage—prove that the discrimination caused by the legislation is “substantially related to an important government interest.”

In other words, the opponents of same-sex marriage in the state could not prove that the reasons that gay men and women should not marry were justifiable under the state’s existing constitution. The judges found that the reasons for opposing marriage equality came down to simply one explanation: prejudice.

The decision to allow same-sex marriage would make New Mexico the 17th state in the United States where homosexual men and women would be able to be legally married. While this is a victory for many advocates in the push for marriage equality, it is still an uphill battle. This ruling means that a gay couple is only able to form a legal union in about one third of the United States. The number has jumped significantly in the past few years, signaling a momentum that may carry gay advocates towards marriage equality in all 50 states.

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  • http://NA D.M. Barr

    You bunch of Morons! Is there anyone left in this country who cares anything about GOD’s feeings (I do mean The Great “I AM THAT I AM”)or Yaw-WEH. Yes, The GOD of or forefathers. Before anyone wants to start repeating sins of The Founding Fathers, repeat the words of CHRIST JESUS(happy birthday J.C.)”Let he who hath no sin cast the first stone”.Indeed CHRIST came to the earth for the sin of mankind, so that WE who do have sin in our lives would be able to be with Him, in Heaven with perfect bodies and pure hearts (minds). He gave much for us, what do you who champion homosexualty (makes me feel fithy just to mention that), and rightly belive GOD loves you, Do you really think or believe that you will ever see heaven or GOD the Father? Who do you think you are? GOD even said that this sin (homosexual) is an abomination before HIM. No one practicing a lifestyle of ANY type of sin shall see The Kingdom of GOD! That is not my word, but it is The Holy Written Word of GOD. He spoke it, so I think you folks who have been fooled by satan better stop leaving parts of The Holy Bible out of your belief system and get Truth! If one is not going to be with Almighty GOD, there is no otherplace for them than the place prepared for satan and his fallen angels, the Lake of Fire “that burneth day and night , forever and ever” Now,Where is The Fear of GOD in homosexuality?