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03/19/2013

Santa Fe Mayor Says Gay Marriage Legal in New Mexico, Encourages County Clerks to Issue Licenses

Santa Fe's Mayor David Coss is declaring same-sex marriage legal in New Mexico in an opinion prepared for his City Council, and urging County Clerks to issue licenses:

CossMayor David Coss and Councilor Patti Bushee announced today that they are sponsoring a Resolution expressing support for gay marriage in New Mexico and encouraging County Clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Resolution will be introduced at the next City Council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, March 27.

Said Coss: “Santa Fe is a city of respect, acceptance, and diversity that embraces all of our residents. I sponsored this resolution because all loving, committed couples should have the right to marry regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Added Bushee: "It is disheartening to me to be creating laws for my community for 19 years and not be treated equally in the eyes of New Mexico law. We are the last group allowed to be legally discriminated against. This is a civil rights issue--it's time for Santa Fe to lead the way."

Said Geno Zamora, City Attorney: “Marriage law in New Mexico is gender-neutral and does not define marriage as between a man and a woman. New Mexico already recognizes valid marriages performed in other states between same-sex couples; it would violate our state’s constitution to deny equal rights in our own families.”

NewmexicoThe press release continues:

In a written opinion, dated March 19, 2013, City Attorney Geno Zamora discusses the fact that New Mexico’s statutory definition of marriage is gender-neutral and does not define marriage as between a man and a woman. Nor does New Mexico law prohibit same-sex marriage.Therefore, same-sex couples are capable of contracting within the law and capable of marrying in the State of New Mexico.

City Attorney Zamora’s memo references nine states and the District of Columbia, which all issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Another group of states constitutionally or statutorily defines marriage as between a man and a woman. New Mexico law does not speak directly to same-sex marriage.

Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed adds:

Geraldine Salazar, the Santa Fe County clerk, told BuzzFeed that she personally supports allowing same-sex couples to marry but does not believe she has the authority to issue such licenses at this time.

"He's the city attorney. I have a county attorney who I seek legal counsel from. In addition to that, the city attorney is not the attorney general. I, as a county clerk, do not have the authority in my eyes and in my interpretation and in my counsel. In my mindful process of this whole thing, I don't have the authority — and why should I do it for a few hours when really we should have solid laws benefiting all citizens of the state of New Mexico?" she noted.

As for New Mexico's attorney general, Gary King, his spokesman said Tuesday that he has not yet announced any public view on the question.

"AG King has not had an opportunity to weigh-in on the specific question of whether same sex marriages are legal under New Mexico law. It is likely, however, that we will soon receive a request for a formal Opinion on the issue," King's communications director, Phil Sisneros, told BuzzFeed Tuesday afternoon. Sisneros added that the city attorney's opinion "does not carry the force of law, although it is obviously what the city's official legal position is on the issue."

Posted Mar. 19,2013 at 5:30 PM EST by in David Coss, Gay Marriage, New Mexico, News | Permalink | Comments (10)


News: Maggie Gallagher, Capital Pride, Phyllis Schlafly, Elton John

RoadBruce Bawer, author of A Place at the Table, on gay culture in 2013.

GallagherRoadWhere in the world is Maggie Gallagher?

RoadVIDEO: Selena Gomez and David Letterman laugh, fist bump at Justin Bieber's misery.

RoadVoice of Elmo Kevin Clash's accuser says Clash lured him to crystal meth sex parties.

RoadWhat does Hillary Clinton's marriage equality statement portend? "At minimum it signals she will end up getting involved in politics this year — far more extensively than the signals about her taking time off had indicated. That seems likely to include campaigning in the Massachusetts Senate race for the special election to fill John Kerry’s seat, as well as for longtime Clinton ally Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor’s race – and even someone like Barbara Buono in New Jersey in her race against popular Republican incumbent Chris Christie."

RoadWedding's flower girl abandons position.

RoadAustralian campaign uses app to battle bullying, depression, and homophobia.

EqualityhouseRoadEquality House going in across the street from Westboro Baptist Church headquarters. More on the house at Gawker.

Road'The Making of Rock Hudson' in development: “Tyler’s screenplay perfectly captures the daunting, and in many ways timeless, struggle between public and private persona,” said Rattray and Styler. “It was a time when a leading man’s career could be destroyed if the vice squads or the tabloids got the wrong impression.”

RoadDownton's Matthew Crawley hits the GLAAD Awards.

RoadMeet my husband, he's our child's "mom".

RoadD.C.'s Capital Pride parade is moving to 14th Street NW: "The parade, scheduled for June 8, will still begin south of Dupont Circle near Rock Creek Park and travel through the 17th street and P street commercial corridors before turning north on 14th Street, said Ryan Bos, executive director of Capital Pride Alliance. But instead of ending at Thomas Circle, the 170 floats and groups participating in the event will for the first time walk north on newly-developed14th Street, past new restaurants and condominiums. 'Our community has expanded, so we wanted to honor and recognize those businesses that popped up along 14th Street,' Bos said. 'We felt many of the businesses are supportive of the LGBT community, so we said lets give it try.'"

RoadMore Tom Hardy and puppies.

Ian_somerhalderRoadCan Ian Somerhalder's smirk sell light bulbs?

RoadHong Kong LGBT groups withdraw from government-sponsored Sexual Minorities Forum: "Last week, over 15 LGBT groups in Hong Kong announced their withdrawal from the Sexual Minorities Forum, a government consultative body to address LGBT-related issues, and accused the government of using the body as a cover for its failure to introduce measures to prevent discrimination."

RoadPhyllis Schlafly denounces Rob Portman's "stupid" and "dumb" marriage equality announcement.

RoadBiographical musical film about Elton John gets a director. "There is a script in by Billy Elliot‘s Lee Hall, and Gracey will direct a feature that follows John’s journey from 5-year old musical prodigy who by age 11 won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, to a young man who rebelled against his strict upbringing, wore outrageous costumes and became a global icon who teamed with songwriter Bernie Taupin to sell more records that just about any musical artist of his era."

Posted Mar. 19,2013 at 2:32 PM EST by | Permalink | Comments (26)


Interview with an Underwear Model: VIDEO

Green

The Underwear Expert is back with a brief quiz of model and personal trainer Go Green.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here's their first one if you missed it.

Posted Mar. 19,2013 at 2:17 PM EST by in Models, News, Underwear | Permalink | Comments (9)


CNN Contributor Roland Martin Leaving Network Because 'New Boss Wants His Own Peeps'

CNN contributor Roland Martin, who was suspended last year over a series of homophobic tweets during the Super Bowl, one in which he mocked men who wear pink, and another in which he advocated violence toward men attracted to men (specifically, male fans of David Beckham), is being let go.

R_martinSaid Martin to a follower on Twitter,  "Yes, last day at @cnn is April 6," adding, to another, “new boss (Jeff Zucker) wants his own peeps".

Martin met with GLAAD over his anti-gay remarks in late February and after the questionably productive meeting issued a non-apology apology, touted his support for lifting the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy,gay adoption, and including gays in hate crimes laws, and then gave what might be perceived as a warning that he'd possibly be speaking out in ways that gays might not like in the future:

"I have no plan to abandon my goal as a truth teller on a variety of issues; and, yes, that includes those that may be on the LGBT agenda."

Posted Mar. 19,2013 at 1:29 PM EST by in CNN, News, Roland Martin | Permalink | Comments (27)


Petitioners in Finland Force Parliament Consideration of Marriage Equality Bill

A parliamentary committee in Finland, the only Scandinavian country without same-sex marriage, rejected a marriage equality bill earlier this month.

FinlandThe people won't have it:

A drive to gather the 50,000 signatories required to take a gender-neutral marriage bill to parliament reached its target in just one day. The accumulation of the required support means that lawmakers must now consider a bill which was previously blocked at the committee stage.

Members of the public rushed to support the “I Do 2013” campaign, which was launched Tuesday to gather the 50,000 signatures required to compel parliament to consider legalising same-sex marriages.

Public enthusiasm for the petition was so great that the civic proposal website kansalaisaloite.fi crashed as a result of the overwhelming demand.

Posted Mar. 19,2013 at 12:54 PM EST by in Finland, Gay Marriage, News | Permalink | Comments (22)


Chipotle Cancels Sponsorship of Boy Scouts Event

Chipotle

Chipotle has canceled its sponsorship of a Boy Scouts Event in Utah.

Think Progress reports:

In an email, company spokesman Chris Arnold wrote:

By way of follow up, we have terminated our sponsorship of this event.

As I mentioned yesterday, community support decisions like this are made in a decentralized way and this one was inconsistent with our own policy. We believed that terminating the sponsorship and remaining consistent with our policy was the right thing to do, and we have reinforced our policy with the team that makes these decisions to try to prevent similar issues in the future.

Earlier...
Chipotle Does Not Support Companies That Discriminate Against Gays Unless They Are the Boy Scouts [tlrd]

Posted Mar. 19,2013 at 12:05 PM EST by in Boy Scouts, Chipotle, Discrimination, News | Permalink | Comments (38)



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