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New Mexico Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer In a unanimous decision, New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled on December 19 that Gay and Lesbian couples have a right to marry in the state. ‘We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law,’ Justice Edward L. Chavez wrote in the decision. Eight counties in New Mexico had already been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but others had declined to do so. Officials of all 33 of the state’s counties jointly petitioned the state’s highest court to settle the issue. State law does not explicitly forbid or permit same-sex marriages, but marriage license application forms include spaces for ‘husband’ and ‘wife.’ The justices noted that many states previously banned interracial marriages as we

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