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Santa Fe Elects First Openly Gay Mayor

New Mexico's capital city has elected its first openly gay mayor. On Tuesday, Javier Gonzales was elected mayor of Santa Fe by a wide margin, taking in more than 43 percent of the vote.

JaviergonzalesThe Santa Fe New Mexican reports:

Gonzales made history as the city’s first openly gay mayor and will preside over a City Council on which two of the eight members are openly gay women — mayoral opponent Patti Bushee and newly elected Signe Lindell.

According to The Albuquerque Journal, this was also a first for the state: 

In what almost certainly a first in New Mexico, two of the mayoral candidates were openly gay — [Patti] Bushee has been “out” since before she entered public life two decades ago and Gonzales declared he was gay last year.

Their sexual orientation wasn’t an issue, at least publicly. While Bushee and Gonzales fought over issues like commitment to Santa Fe’s local “living wage” of $10.66 and hour, and there were ethics complaints filed against each of them (both ruled unfounded by the city’s ethics board), Dimas stayed quietly out of the fray, bypassing public candidate forums and staking out more conservative positions.

Gonzales, a Democrat, will be inaugurated into his new post on Monday.

Watch Gonzales and his supporters celebrate his win, AFTER THE JUMP.

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New Mexico Judge Orders Santa Fe Clerk to Start Issuing Marriage Licenses to Gay Couples

Just days after a Doña Ana County Clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a New Mexico judge has ordered Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar to do the same, the AP reports:

SingletonThe order late Thursday from District Judge Sarah Singleton (pictured) comes in a lawsuit by two Santa Fe men and represents the first time a New Mexico judge has ruled that gay and lesbian couples can be married, said state Rep. Brian Egolf, a lawyer representing the couple.

Singleton said Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar must grant the marriage licenses or appear in court Sept. 26 to tell her why that shouldn’t happen. Salazar did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press.

Egolf said Friday the ruling could help speed a resolution of the gay marriage issue in the state.

Approximately 90 same-sex couples have already received licenses in Doña Ana County, where the city of Las Cruces is located. A group of Republican lawmakers is planning a lawsuit to stop the clerk from handing them out.

The AP adds:

Singleton, in her order, said that “reading a sex or sexual orientation requirement into the laws of New Mexico violates the state constitution, which mandates that ‘equality of rights under law shall not be denied on account of the sex of any person.’”

Santa Fe Mayoral Candidate Javier Gonzalez Comes Out as Gay

Javier Gonzalez, a former state Democratic Party chairman, former Santa Fe County commissioner, and current Santa Fe mayoral candidate, came out of the closet in a blog post on Wednesday.

Wrote Gonzalez, in part: Gonzalez

When a Bishop named Jorge from Buenos Aires took the name Francis, he made an immediate connection with Santa Fe. But when Pope Francis visited Brazil recently, he spoke directly to me, when he said, “who am I to judge?”

You see, when you come from a traditional family with deep roots in this community, the process of accepting that you are gay is complicated with fears about disappointing those you love, or becoming disconnected with a sense of place that is as much a part of me as my sexuality.

Growing up in this town, I felt myself fully embraced by la herencia, the traditional ways that defined the history of Santa Fe. Much of it is beautiful, a celebration of family, a spirit of community, a sense of obligation to those who came before us and responsibility to those who come after us. Knowing you are a part of a continuum gives a young person a sense of place and a sense of pride. These are all gifts I hope to pass on to my two daughters.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the reaction to his coming out was well received by followers on social media.

“Based on the reaction today, it reflects the beauty of our families in Northern New Mexico to accept our sons and daughters for who they are,” Gonzales said, adding that it’s shown him “it is important for people to step out and to stand up and be proud of who they are and to be able to share it with their community.”

The announcement on the website, which also advocates for legalization of same-sex marriage, came on the same day that Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Gonzalez is one of two openly gay candidates for the office of mayor. The other is City Councilor Patti Bushee.


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