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Marriage Equality Lawsuit Introduced in New Mexico

Today we celebrated a new marriage equality case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Center for Lesbian Rights in New Mexico court.

An affirmative ruling would make the state the first in the American southwest to embrace marriage equality and the tenth state overall to extend this fundamental right to all committed and loving couples.

Here's what HRC President Chad Griffin had to say:

“The fact is that there is no law on the books in New Mexico that says gay and lesbian couples shouldn’t have the same rights as everyone else, and even if there were, denying them equal marriage is fundamentally unjust.  Regardless of where you live, all people should have the ability to marry the person they love, and I hope the courts in New Mexico act quickly to bring marriage equality to the fair-minded Land of Enchantment.”

The filing of the case comes days after the mayor of Santa Fe urged New Mexico county clerks to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples due to the absence any restrictive state law.

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