NEW MEXICO: Sante Fe Mayor Claims Same-Sex Marriages Are Legal
nothing in state law that bans same-sex marriage and his city attorney agrees.
Coss and Councilor Patti Bushee plan to introduce a City Council resolution on March 27 "recognizing" that same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico. They have a legal memo in which City Attorney Geno Zamara says same-sex marriage is permitted in New Mexico. Zamora says that's partly so because New Mexico law defining marriage is gender-neutral and lacks any prohibition on same-sex marriage. Zamora also says same-sex marriage is legal because the state already recognizes same-marriages from other states and the New Mexico Constitution requires equal treatment on the basis of sex.A petition endorsing the mayor's move has been launched. (Tipped by JMG reader Elise)
RELATED: Last month a New Mexico House committee killed a marriage equality bill with the help of two Democrats.