New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Unanimously That Gay Couples Can Marry Statewide


The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of marriage equality, making it the 17th state to allow its citizens the freedom to marry. The ruling is effective immediately.

KOB reports: "The state Supreme Court will now define 'civil marriage' as the voluntary union of two persons to the exclusion of all others. In addition, all rights, protections, and responsibilities that result from the marital relationship shall apply equally to both same-gender and opposite-gender married couples."

2nmThe court ruling, via Freedom to Marry:

We conclude that the purpose of New Mexico marriage laws is to bring stability and order to the legal relationship of committed couples by defining their rights and responsibilities as to one another, their children if they choose to raise children together, and their property.

Prohibiting same-gender marriages is not substantially related to the governmental interests advanced by the parties opposing same-gender marriage or to the purposes we have identified. Therefore, barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause under Article II, Section 18 of the New Mexico Constitution.

We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law.

Read the full ruling HERE.

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  1. Congrats to all in New Mexico! Thank you to the State Supremes for their level headed response that should be a model for other states.

    In other news, Brian Brown's head exploded upon hearing the story.

    Posted by: q | Dec 19, 2013 1:27:21 PM

  2. Woo Hoo!

    Posted by: Bubba | Dec 19, 2013 1:31:32 PM

  3. FINALLY! My partner of 33 years and I (we reside in Texas) will be traveling to our neighboring state ASAP and get hitched. Thank you, New Mexico, for affording us the chance to become a "legal couple" at long last.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 19, 2013 1:33:50 PM

  4. Just saw this on my Facebook feed. Is it weird to feel a little emotional about this?

    Posted by: Robert | Dec 19, 2013 1:36:07 PM

  5. Great news. Congratulations to all of New Mexico.

    Posted by: Rafael | Dec 19, 2013 1:40:27 PM

  6. Land of Enchantment!

    Posted by: Zlick | Dec 19, 2013 1:43:41 PM

  7. Congratulations to New Mexico! 'Tis truly noe the Land of Enchantment!

    Posted by: RonCharles | Dec 19, 2013 1:45:01 PM

  8. Congratulations! I love Albuquerque & my fiance & I are considering a move there instead of Washington state! And Robert...I burst into tears, so, yeah, let's all get emotional. We're changing things for the better!

    Posted by: dam846201 | Dec 19, 2013 1:45:06 PM

  9. Congratulations to New Mexico! 'Tis truly now the Land of Enchantment!

    This, also, will certainly have an impact on nearby Arizona and Colorado!

    Posted by: RonCharles | Dec 19, 2013 1:46:53 PM

  10. OKAY BUBBA!!! You stole my line. WOO HOO TOO! And just think. This state borders Texas. Bet little Ricky Perry is a bit nervous now! We just returned from San Diego where we wed after 20 years together. Had this happened earlier we might have gone to NM.

    Posted by: Ajijic Den | Dec 19, 2013 1:46:57 PM

  11. Excellent news. One more state for 2013 and more momentum towards federal equality. The dominoes keep falling.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 19, 2013 1:51:37 PM

  12. Wow, this just came out of nowhere. While all attention was being given to some bigot hick on a reality show, another state recognizes equality. Congrats New Mexico!

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Dec 19, 2013 1:57:31 PM

  13. If you watched the hearing you just knew that these justices saw through all the BS. They ruled unanimously in favor of marriage equality. Amazing feeling to see that there are justices serving the public like these.
    I offer up a heartfelt 'Thank You'.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Dec 19, 2013 1:57:31 PM

  14. My husband and I live in a non-equality state, and we're contemplating a move when I retire in two years. The list of eligible states just got a little longer.

    Posted by: Clayton | Dec 19, 2013 1:59:19 PM

  15. Great. Sante Fe and Taos are nice wedding locations, though a bit expensive.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 19, 2013 2:02:27 PM

  16. Amazing! Congratulations New Mexico! Marriage equality throughout the state....marriage equality in 17 states! Dominoes aren't just falling, they're being bulldozed down.

    1,400 couples have married in the state since this summer, so marriage equality was already effectively legal in the state. Today was the finishing touch. An amazing year this has been. Amazing times.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 19, 2013 2:27:39 PM

  17. Great news! What state will be number 18???

    Posted by: Christopher | Dec 19, 2013 2:42:57 PM

  18. A lovely early Christmas present! My partner of 34 years and I wed in Santa Fe, in my birth state, on October 2 of this year. Now looking forward to federal uniformity via a Supreme Court decision on similar grounds.

    Posted by: Salt Lake Couple | Dec 19, 2013 2:44:04 PM

  19. Unanimous! WOW!

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 19, 2013 2:58:31 PM

  20. Yay! One more down.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Dec 19, 2013 3:08:38 PM

  21. It is so great to hear from people in long term relationships like HADENOUGHBS and SALT LAKE COUPLE. Guys, please keep contributing and sharing your stories. The world needs to hear from you and gay young people need to hear from you.

    There is this sense among some people that a life of Grindr hookups and bars is the "standard" way of being gay. That narrative is false and stories like yours help to open minds.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 19, 2013 3:34:55 PM

  22. Congrats New Mexico! 1st state in the Southwest to let LOVE WIN! Won't be the last!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    Posted by: steve | Dec 19, 2013 3:47:03 PM

  23. Nice to have a marriage equality state in the Southwest. Colorado, Nevada, even Arizona could be lining up ...

    Posted by: Lexis | Dec 19, 2013 4:03:49 PM

  24. So much is changing so fast! I hope those of you who live in Marriage inequality states are emboldened to double down and make marriage equality happen sooner rather than later.

    Before Prop 8 happened in 2008 I spent hundreds of hours and hundreds of dollars volunteering for the No on Prop 8 side. I was crushed when it was narrowly approved. I continued to volunteer and donate to marriage equality efforts but my enthusiasm was limited.

    Little did I realize that 5 years later I would marry the man of my dream in my home town in California. The moral of the story is... never give up.

    Posted by: Howard B | Dec 19, 2013 4:19:00 PM

  25. @Christopher - I believe it's the 17th state, but if you count the District of Columbia, that makes 18.

    Posted by: Fox | Dec 19, 2013 4:43:52 PM

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