New Mexico state Rep. Brian Egolf, a Democrat from Santa Fe, has introduced a resolution which would let the voters decide on gay marriage.

“It's time to recognize all the families in New Mexico who are headed by same-sex couples,” Egolf is quoted as saying by Roundhouse Roundup:The Blog.

While both chambers of the New Mexico Legislature are controlled by Democrats, past efforts to pass a bill seeking to recognize gay and lesbian couples with domestic partnerships have failed.

House Joint Resolution 3 states: “The issuance of a marriage license shall not be denied on the basis that the sex of both applicants is the same. No church or religious institution shall be required to perform a marriage ceremony or recognize a marriage for religious purposes that conflicts with the church's or religious institution's beliefs.”

Former Democratic Governor Bill Richardson championed passage of the domestic partnership bill. However, current Republican Governor Susana Martinez has said she would not sign such legislation, calling it “unnecessary and ill-advised.”

“[M]ost of the rights can be attained through contracts and by power of attorney,” she said.

New Mexico voters have yet to weigh in on the issue of marriage equality. According to a 2011 Public Policy Polling survey, a plurality of voters (45%) in the state say gay nuptials should be legal, and a majority (67%) back either marriage or civil unions for gay couples.