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Watch LIVE: New Mexico Supreme Court Arguments on Same-Sex Marriage


Arguments are being heard on same-sex marriage this morning before the New Mexico Supreme Court.

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NmscNew Mexico's Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday regarding a petition filed by 33 New Mexico County Clerks asking the court to issue a statewide binding resolution on the legality of same-sex marriage in the state. The request came in September following weeks in which eight New Mexico counties began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples based on the state's gender-neutral marriage laws, beginning with Doña Ana County on August 21.

Later in September, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of New Mexico, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the law firm of Sutin, Thayer & Browne APC, and other New Mexico attorneys filed a brief urging the Court to issue a binding ruling.

Conservative lawmakers and groups followed with their own brief, asking the court to declare it illegal.

The New Mexico Supreme Court said it won't decide immediately on same-sex marriage after hearing arguments on Wednesday: "The court clerk told lawyers last week that the court won't make a decision on the day of the hearing but will take the case under consideration. The justices will hear one hour of arguments on constitutional issues and an hour on issues about state statutes involving marriage."

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  1. Justice Daniels got to the heart of the matter. 'This is about religion.'

    Opponents were asking that their 'definition' of marriage derived from a religious stance making marriage available only to those they approve of be the basis of civil law.

    Daniels: Religion is not part of the Constitution.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Oct 23, 2013 1:07:44 PM

  2. They mean Christianity of course. The same people will find some of the Islamic views on morality unacceptable to them. It never occurs to them some of their own views are equally repugnant to others.

    Posted by: simon | Oct 23, 2013 1:30:49 PM

  3. I met with two legislators in their local offices, and stressed a number of points. One is that no religious groups opposed to marriage equality will be forced to officiate at such weddings. Second is that those religious groups who want to officiate at civil same sex marriages do not have the freedom to do so. So religious groups that want religious freedom to not officiate will have it. But those same groups do not want other religious groups to have the religious freedom to so officiate.

    Posted by: john patrick | Oct 23, 2013 2:18:14 PM

  4. God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve! That means a lot folks.

    Posted by: Bash gay marriage | Oct 24, 2013 12:52:13 PM

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