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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Courts - New Mexico Supreme Court rules same sex marriage legal

From the AP:

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state Thursday, declaring in a ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.

New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.

Eight of the state's 33 counties started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August, when a county clerk in southern New Mexico independently decided to allow the unions. County officials asked the high court to clarify the law and establish a uniform state policy on gay marriage.

Thanks to How Appealing, here is a link to today's 31-page, 5-0 opinion from the Supreme Court of New Mexico.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 19, 2013 01:46 PM
Posted to Courts in general