Equality New Mexico (EQNM) applauds the courageous resolution passed by the Santa Fe City Council supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in New Mexico on April 24, 2013. The resolution passed by a majority vote of 5-3, with City Councilors Bushee, Trujillo, Wurzburger, Dominguez, and Calvert in favor, Councilor Rivera opposed, and Councilors Ives and Dimas abstaining. Supported by legal opinion from City Attorney Geno Zamora, the resolution asserts that New Mexico state law defining marriage is gender-neutral and lacks any prohibition on same-sex marriage. The resolution was introduced in March by Santa Fe City Mayor Coss and Councilor Patti Bushee.
The nonbinding resolution also encourages the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. County clerks, however, have asked for clarification from the courts on New Mexico state law regarding marriage and whether licenses can legally be issued to same-sex couples. The recent filing of a lawsuit by the ACLU of New Mexico on behalf of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Bernalillo County seeks to achieve such clarity.
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