The Albuquerque Journal reports:
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Friday that same-sex marriage is a “civil rights” issue that should be decided by the courts, not a statewide vote. In a memo released by his office, King, a two-term Democrat, cited three historical landmarks – the Emancipation Proclamation, women’s suffrage and the Civil Rights Act – that were enacted despite not being voted upon by the general electorate. “I maintain that the best way to resolve this issue is for the New Mexico Supreme Court to decide whether our current law is unconstitutional,” King said in his memo.
The state Supreme Court has planned a hearing next month to decide the issue.