New Mexico remains the only state that does not have a law or constitutional amendment allowing or prohibiting same-sex marriage, and it also does not recognize domestic partnerships. Its statutes governing the rights of married couples are ambiguous: some use gender-specific terms, others do not. And while marriage license applications are gender-neutral, marriage licenses contain the terms “bride” and “groom.”
“Today, this court is given the opportunity to give credence to the notion of equality,” Maureen Sanders, a lawyer for same-sex couples who filed a lawsuit in March seeking the right to marry, told the five justices. “The court can bring certainty to the uncertainty in the state.”
The Albuquerque Journal has a pretty comprehensive story. NM Capitol Report focused on Lynn Ellins, the Doña Ana County Clerk who started the ball rolling on the case by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Steve Terrell warned against predicting which way the justices would decide... and reported on State Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, predicting they would rule against his stance that same-sex marriage should be illegal.
KUNM live streamed the entire hearing and filed a report. The Santa Fe Reporter looked at the scene outside after the arguments.
And the TV station takes: KRQE, KOB, KOAT.
City Clerk Amy Bailey tells me she misses practicing law and will return to private practice following #ABQ2013 runoff and canvas.— Peter St.Cyr (@Peter_StCyr) October 23, 2013
Coss included the city’s involvement in the push to legalize same-sex marriage as one of his most memorable accomplishments as mayor. In March, the city issued a legal analysis that same-sex marriage was already legal in New Mexico, one of a series of events that led to the state Supreme Court taking up the issue Wednesday.
The Albuquerque area and Rio Grande Valley are “in good shape for the next year,” Verhines told a breakfast meeting of the Economic Forum of Albuquerque. But he cautioned that snowfall in the mountains of southern Colorado will be key to whether normal San Juan/Chama water deliveries continue in the future.
It looks like KOB has redesigned its website. We'll see if it is an improvement over the old site (which seems all but assured). The KRQE redesign was flashy, but there are still some problems when trying to navigate the site on mobile.
Will they foolishly spend all of their time trying to get that right wing darling Susana Martinez out of office, or will they use some common sense and concentrate on the election of a Democratic Attorney General and Secretary of State? Also, all members of the House of Representatives are up for election next year and keeping strong Democratic numbers in that body are paramount.