New Mexico Supreme Court To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case On Wednesday
Nigel Campbell | October 18, 2013
Next Wednesday promises to be a big day for same-sex couples in New Mexico. The state's supreme court will hear arguments from both sides regarding the legality of same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
The Associated Press reports:
The five-member high court is scheduled to hear oral arguments next Wednesday in a case that could resolve an issue that's historically stalled in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. New Mexico law doesn't explicitly authorize or prohibit gay marriage, but lawmakers have refused to ban it or allow for domestic partnerships.
The court agreed to take the case after New Mexico's county clerks asked the justices to clarify the law and decide whether a decision by a state district judge in Albuquerque was correct. That judge ruled in a lawsuit against two counties that it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Supreme Court's decision would apply statewide.
The justices could rule immediately or take the case under consideration and issue a decision later.
Nowhere in New Mexico's constitution does it explicitly say that same-sex couples can't get married. Let's home that members of the state's supreme court make a swift and correct ruling in favor of gay and lesbian couples' right to marry.
How do you think the court will rule, Instincters?