NM Gov. Susana Martinez Won’t Legislate Against Gay Marriage: ‘It’s the Law of the Land’

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez says she won't support or seek an amendment to ban gay marriage in the state, saying the issue is settled, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports:

MartinezMartinez said several times last summer — when several county clerks across the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — that she believed state voters should decide the issue by way of a ballot question on whether to amend the state constitution.

“I think what I said before was that yes, the people should have decided on it, but the Supreme Court has decided,” the governor said Monday when asked by a reporter about the issue. “And it’s now the law of the land.”

Asked whether that meant she wouldn’t push for the Legislature to pass a measure like Sen. Bill Sharer’s Senate Joint Resolution 6, Martinez responded, “It’s the law of the land. The Supreme Court has spoken.”

Comments

  1. jamal49 says

    How big of you, Governor. Doesn’t mean that some other conservative, Republican reprobate won’t come along and try and take our rights away.

    LGBT people and women are always one or two election cycles away from complete subjugation to regressive Republican policies becoming the majority legislation.

  2. MiddleoftheRoader says

    One Republican who seems to have some (political) (common) sense to see where history is going. Compare her to the (Republican) Governor of Utah who is going to fight same-sex marriage all the way to the US Supreme Court.

  3. Damien says

    She is a horrible woman. When she took office she tried to shut down NM’s movie/tv industry to offer more credits to the oil and gas industry. A lot of people were out of work for almost a year. Because Breaking Bad did so well she relented.

  4. says

    It is settled law, and she made the right decision. (Though she wasn’t and isn’t an ally.)

    @Perry: Bernard’s comment was in reference to her former hairdresser’s refusal to keep cutting her hair because of her anti-gay politics. Not sexist, but amusing.

  5. Jim says

    Maybe somebody finally sat her down and explained Hollingsworth vs Perry to her. Nobody can take away somebody else’s marriage. Remember the 14th amendment–equal protection and due process? I’d like to have been there to see the idea of the supremacy of the constitution finally sink in. This lady is not bright, but at least she gets it now. Can’t say as much for the rest of her political party.

  6. RonCharles says

    Good call on the part of Governor Susana Martin! Her comments will encourage other moderate Republicans to abstain from supporting any anti-gay-marriage amendment, and that will have a practical effect on New Mexico.

  7. bullhead says

    Obviously, Governor Martinez needs a class in basic civics, because the court doesn’t write the law — legislators do. And it’s absolutely indefensible that a leader who ran on a pro-marriage platform would renege on her word and silence constituents.

  8. bullhead says

    If Governor Martinez won’t do her job, then conservative clerks shouldn’t have to perform theirs. Already county officials are resigning from their posts, making it clear that they would rather quit than issue same-sex “marriage” licenses.

  9. bullhead says

    Obviously, Governor Martinez needs a class in basic civics, because the court doesn’t write the law — legislators do. And it’s absolutely indefensible that a leader who ran on a pro-marriage platform would renege on her word and silence constituents

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