New Mexico, USA: Lesbian Couples Sue in State Court for Marriage Equality

Written by scott on April 18th, 2013

New MexicoTwo lesbian couples in New Mexico are suing the state for marriage equality. Bloomberg reports:

When a New Mexico county clerk began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, Mary Houdek and her longtime partner Norma Vasquez were the first in line. The women, among 64 same-sex couples allowed to wed in Sandoval County before commissioners sued to halt the practice, have been in limbo ever since. New Mexico, whose voters backed a Republican governor in 2010 and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the past two presidential elections, is the only U.S. state that has no law related to same-sex marriage or civil unions. Now, as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs gay marriage for the first time, two lesbian couples recently denied marriage licenses are suing in state court. The case is the first since the 2004 lawsuit, which was dropped, and it may eventually determine whether other gay couples in New Mexico can wed.

The lawsuit comes after the state legislature rejected attempts to both ban and legalize gay marriage.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in New Mexico.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Michael says:

    Justice and Unjust Laws
    Justice is defined as, the governments, action, or principle of treating all persons equally in accordance with the law. Justice is also synonymous with the quality or state of being unbiased, fair, detached, as well as disinterested, impartial, and objective. In fact justice is biased and partial and does not treat all people fairly in accordance to the laws. Justice is unfair when it comes to the issue of gay and lesbian couples rights to obtain recognition of a relationship. Laws that once segregated blacks from mainstream society have been abolished. Laws that at one time banned marriages between people of different races have been outlawed. It is time now to outlaw the bans on same sex marriages. From our country’s earliest beginnings there has been a conscious effort to do what is right.“An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself”. Under this definition to make the law into a just law our society would have to outlaw marriage for everyone in general. So why not make it into a just law by making marriage legal for everyone.

  2. AggieCowboy says:

    Just a point of note: That image associated with the article is the Left Mitten at Monument Valley in ARIZONA. My home state of NEW MEXICO has many beautiful vistas. That is not one of them.

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