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.