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US: Judge rules that equal marriage must be recognised in state of New Mexico

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  1. Good to hear!

    Someone buy that judge a drink for his use of common sense.

  2. Today, New Mexico. Tomorrow, the rest of the civilized world …. (but don’t hold your breath).

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Aug 2013, 2:28pm

    From I’ve read, only 3 counties, Dona Ana, Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties have been ordered to issue licences, not the entire state as of yet.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Aug 2013, 2:56pm

      ….From what I’ve read….

    2. David Henderson-Rinehart 28 Aug 2013, 8:21am

      There are three counties under court order, but Doña Ana County is not one of them. Santa Fe, Bernalillo, and Taos Counties have each been ordered by different judges to issue marriage licenses. Three other counties, Doña Ana, San Miguel, and Valencia Counties, have each decided to issue marriage licenses on their own.

  4. “but no recognition of same-sex relationships existed within the state.”
    Not quite accurate, as same-sex marriages validly carried out in other jurisdictions were already recognised in New Mexico!

  5. Mike Homfray 27 Aug 2013, 2:32pm

    Think this should give the New Mexico legislature the encouragement to simply make the issue clear. Its a liberal state and there’s a clear majority for change

    1. They do have the small issue of a horrendous Governor though. I reckon one or two more rulings and the state Supreme Court will feel ready to make a ruling. They said they turned down the case a few weeks ago because they wanted some solid district-level decisions to judge.

  6. I think that the ruling could be argued to be applicable to any other pioneering county clerks, or in another local trial. But, the actual ruling technically only demands that two counties allow for SSM. However, it’s great news as the three counties thus far constitute over half the population!

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