1. Chuck Mielke says

    What’s important here, I think, is that the New Mexico constitution, as many other state constitutions apparently, was written with high ideals of fairness and equality in mind — ideals that implicitly support same-sex marriage and, possibly, other examples of equal protection/opportunity. This is a useful reminder for most of us that the struggle over marriage equality heated up when a frightened minority of religious conservatives insisted on writing bigotry into their state constitutions and, with DOMA, into federal legislation as well. Marriage equality has become just another maneuver in the divide-and-conquer strategy of the entrenched elite to protect their privileges at all costs.

  2. MiddleoftheRoader says

    The most significant legal point in the Mayor’s argument is this: if New Mexico recognizes that a same-sex New Mexico couple who married in Washington State or Washington DC has a legal marriage when they return to New Mexico, then it is illogical — and more importantly, probably illegal under state law — those same New Mexican to enter into marriage in New Mexico.

    This issue has actually come up before in places like New York and Maryland -but with the opposite result. Those states first recognized out-of-state same-sex marriages as legal, but the state courts in those states said it didn’t mean that New Yorkers or Marylanders could get married in their home states. BUT that was because the New York and Maryland marriage laws were not gender-neutral, so the state legislatures had to change the marriage laws to allow their citizens to get married within the state. So IF the New Mexico marriage law is really gender-neutral, then it’s an excellent argument that New Mexico has to allow in-state same-sex marriages if it is going to recognize the validity of out-of-state same-sex marriages.

    Of course, a New Mexico court will have to decide all of this.

  3. ratbastard says


    Another old white guy telling us LGBT, women and people of color what we can and can not do? Just look at him. You can tell he’s a racist, misogynist and closet case. All those old white guys are.

    What? He said what? Oh….never mind.

    *sarcasm off*

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