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New Mexico House Panel Advances Marriage Equality Bill

New Mexico lawmakers advanced a proposal that would allow voters to decide to legalize same-sex marriage, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports:

NewmexicoThe House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-2 on Thursday in favor of a constitutional amendment allowing same-sex couples to be married. The committee's Republican members opposed the measure. The proposal must clear two other committees to reach the 70-member House for a vote. It also needs Senate approval before it could be placed on the 2014 general election ballot. The measure likely faces difficulty because the Legislature in the past has turned down proposals for domestic partnerships.

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  1. I don't know if its time yet in New Mexico. Wyoming just rejected domestic partnerships. From what I'm hearing, it isn't a done deal in Rhode Island yet. I'd hate to see last year's winning streak broken. Every time a state refuses to legitimize gay relationships, the opposition scores a point. I just read something in New York magazine that claims gay marriage is advancing more because the opposition is demoralized than because so many people are changing their views. But the thing is that sometimes people get demoralized, relax a little on this subject, and then shortly after, change their views - as happened to me.

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 1, 2013 11:00:41 AM

  2. Mary, you are exactly right with the demoralizing effect. Once you create a sense of inevitability, the opposition quickly collapses. Now of course, there will be bumps along the road, but the final outcome is 100% clear.

    Posted by: Anthony | Feb 1, 2013 11:33:21 AM

  3. What's the matter with the Republicans? Don't they realize that they are slowly but surely alienating the majority of the electorate? They seem determined to destroy their party at the cost of advancing principles and ideas that totally out of the mainstream.

    Posted by: Goodcarver | Feb 1, 2013 12:15:31 PM

  4. According to Nate Silver's analysis (which correctly predicted our victories last year), New Mexico would vote to approve same-sex marriage in 2012. 2014 will have lower turnout for sure, but tne increase in public support will make up for that.

    As far as Rhode Island, the situation appears to be the same to when New York was debating their bill in 2011. Opposition will dance around it, more religious exemptions will be needed, but ultimately the bill will pass.

    Posted by: Stefan | Feb 1, 2013 12:23:07 PM

  5. I wonder if NOM is still chanting "Let the people vote"?

    Posted by: Howard | Feb 1, 2013 1:45:17 PM

  6. Howard, I'm not sure NOM is chanting anything at this point. Can we even be sure that NOM will exist a year from now?

    Posted by: Mary | Feb 1, 2013 2:02:25 PM

  7. Does the proposal need a simple majority or a supermajority in both houses to be sent to a referendum?

    Posted by: Ben | Feb 1, 2013 2:52:35 PM

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