Santa Fe Mayor David Coss on Tuesday declared that gay marriage is legal in New Mexico.

Coss and City Councilor Patti Bushee are backing a city resolution declaring such unions legal in the state.

“It's time to push this issue,” Coss said at a press conference. “I've worked on immigrant rights, labor rights and human rights and on the rights of same-sex couples. I've seen the struggle in the Legislature. I've seen the hopes rise and the hopes be dashed.”

Coss added that as a parent he looks forward to seeing his lesbian daughter marry.

“As a Dad, I'd just like to walk her down the aisle some day and I will never get to do that if we don't move on these issues in Santa Fe,” he said. “Santa Fe is ready. New Mexico is ready, I know. Our country is ready to move on this.”

The resolution, expected to be introduced at next Wednesday's city council meeting, urges county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. It is based partly on an opinion issued by City Attorney Geno Zamora.

Zamora's legal memo says, “New Mexico's statutory definition of marriage is gender-neutral. Since New Mexico does not define marriage as between a man and a woman, and since New Mexico does not prohibit same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage is permitted in New Mexico.”

“It's about time someone made a legal argument for equality in New Mexico,” said Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico. “Just this month, a Republican Senator [Rob Portman] publicly came out for his son's right to marry, Hillary Clinton endorsed full equality and the Supreme Court is prepared to hear landmark arguments on DOMA and marriage. It's time New Mexico join the ranks of the progressive states and stand up for loving, committed couples who want nothing more than to be treated the same as they already treat their neighbors.”