A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling
handed down Thursday means the state can join 16 others plus the
District of Columbia in allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
“The New Mexico Supreme Court did the
right thing today by affirming fairness, freedom, and respect for
same-sex couples who hope to share in the joy of marriage,” said
Thalia Zepatos, director of public engagement at Freedom to Marry.
“The clarity of today’s ruling ensures that the freedom to marry,
and the protections that come along with it, are guaranteed for
loving and committed same-sex couples in the Land of Enchantment. As
couples already married in New Mexico take a deep breath and realize
their marriages are now fully respected, their family members can
also rejoice that no one will be treated differently in New Mexico.
And from this day forward, we know that every additional wedding will
show that families are helped and no one is harmed when gay couples
are free to marry. Officials should quickly implement this decision
statewide and prevent any further delay or ambiguity in marriage law
in the state.”
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