New Mexico became the latest state to legalize gay marriage Thursday as its highest court declared it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.
Justice Edward L. Chavez said in the ruling that none of New Mexico's marriage statutes specifically prohibits same-gender marriages, but the state's laws as a whole have prevented same-sex couples from marrying. The justices said gay and lesbian couples are a discrete group that has been subjected to a history of discrimination and violence.
"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,'" Chavez wrote.
The ruling was a victory for gay rights activists who had been unable to win a legislative resolution of the issue.
New Mexico joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage either through legislation, court rulings or voter referendums.
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Sixteen states. Wasn't that long ago that the number of states that recognize gay marriage was a fat goose egg. The progress we've made just in the past year and change has been warming, to put it mildly. Still, it leaves 34 states still to be dealt with, never mind the vestiges of DoMA, which the federal government will not defend and which should be repealed purely on general principles.
As it comes to the feds, honestly, I'm still waiting for that other shoe to drop, for Obama or SOMEONE to say that it's time that the full faith and credit clause of the Constitution applied to gay marriage. Oh, yeah, I have no doubt that Alabama and Mississippi and Texas and others of the bible belt will scream bloody ... just like they screamed bloody about interracial marriage and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. To them, I say, it's time to wake up.
This is the 21st century, not the 19th.
Thanks for sharing this good news! Was this the story you were trying to link to?
Many of the remaining states have marriage bans in their constitutions, which will take more effort to deal with -- a broad, favorable Supreme Court ruling would be really nice but really unlikely in the next few years.
Actually, I goofed on the link, but have since corrected it. Your link points to an AP map, which is a bit odd. Fun & games with html, I suppose!
And I know about the marriage bans. We have one here in Ohio, but I'm hoping that Governor Kasich can be pressured into getting that rescinded. Personally, I haven't any interest in marrying a man at the moment, but there are doubtless others in the Buckeye State who would love to see their rights properly affirmed.
Holy Jumping Kimono!!! I just Googled that and ... wowie-zowie!!! Who woulda thunk it???
I wonder how many states it'll take granting LGBTQI rights before the other side recognizes that they're on the wrong side of this argument? Yeah, I know, it may take all 50 before they throw in the towel. Still, I'd like to think there are at least a few among them who can catch a clue.
[sigh] Yeah ... some people just have to be BETTER than somebody else ... for reasons of insecurity or what, I don't know, though I will insist that such thinking is a direct result of not owning oneself, of not being self-possessed, and having an understanding of who and what makes one up. Of course, that takes work and worse, it takes introspection, which some people are simply loathe to do.
And I really don't know what to do about that. Self-knowledge is probably the single most important thing in my life, and I suspect in EVERYONE's life ... and yet the process of gaining self-knowledge IS NOT TAUGHT, though granted there may be as many ways to it as their are humans on this planet. Still, though...
It's political. Anyone who gives it any thought knows it. Political parties manipulate people through religion. And turn the religious into political tools. Many religious people don't have a clue that their being used for (someones) political purposes.. Marriage is a contract. Religion has nothing to do with it.
It has been quite exciting to see what is happening across America, not only in terms of legally eliminating bigotry towards the sexual minority, but also in becoming more religiously tolerant. I am hopeful of the day, however, where we do not need the law to force people to treat all of us as equals - I would think that common sense would prevail - but I suppose I might be naive.
Back to the point - it is quite interesting to see that Utah is now marrying same sex couples. I wonder if we can invade the Mormon temples to do so? With the passing of DOMA, my Thai partner is now in process for legally marrying in the United States. We are about 9 months off, but I often wonder what it would be like to marry in the Mormon capital of the world. Since he would not understand the irony of that, however, we will be having a celebrant conduct our ceremony in San Francisco with some friends. Let's all keep pressing for equal rights...it is the 'common sense' thing to do.