New Mexico Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

By BARRY MASSEY and RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press

(SOURCE) New Mexico became the latest state to legalize gay marriage Thursday as its highest court declared it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Justice Edward L. Chavez said in a ruling that none of New Mexico’s marriage statutes specifically prohibits same-sex marriages, but the state’s laws as a whole have prevented gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

Same-sex couples have been subjected to a history of discrimination and violence, the justices said. Barring them from getting married violates the state constitution’s equal protection clause.

“We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law,” Chavez wrote.

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  1. I recently heard it explained this way; If you have two devices that are supposed t operate a certain way and they do then that is a good thing. Take for instance a lock and a key. The lock is designed for a specific purpose and the key is also designed for a specific purpose. The lock does no good unless you have a key to open it, right! so you take the key then insert it into the lock and the lock opens and everything is as it should be. However, if you take two keys and try to insert one key into the other then nothing happens it just won’t work, because keys are made to open locks, not to be inserted into other keys.

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