"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 Chavez, New Mexico Supreme Court, December 19, 2013
This news just broke: The New Mexico Supreme Court affirms that our state constitution affirms the right to marry for same-sex couples!
We've all been working for years to secure equality for all New Mexicans and this year has been big! During the legislative session you helped us raise the issue and deliver almost 7,000 signatures supporting a constitutional right to marry.
A few months later we were the first to break the news of Santa Fe's groundbreaking legal opinion that set the stage for a court challenge.
And when Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins started issuing licenses to same-sex couples our members stepped up to raise more than $30,000 for his legal defense fund to fight off a right-wing challenge by the Republican hater caucus.
When Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver teamed up with couples and their ACLU attorneys to challenge the ban and get the first court decision, hundreds of you turned out on Civic Plaza for our huge mass gay wedding!
Now we're teaming up with our friends at Equality New Mexico, Freedom to Marry and friends like Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham, Senators Heinrich and Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan to celebrate this big win through the NM United for Marriage coalition! Be sure you like their page to see where New Mexicans are celebrating today
Today, we just want to say THANK YOU!
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