New Mexico Legislative Session Begins with Republican Support for Equality
January 22, 2014 by HRC staff
Post submitted by Leigh Durham, HRC Regional Field Organizer
Yesterday, Representatives and Senators from around New Mexico gathered at the Roundhouse as the 2014 Legislative Session convened. The House and Senate came together to hear Governor Susana Martinez's State of the State Address. In recent weeks, Gov. Martinez has responded to questions about the Supreme Court decision upholding marriage equality, stating it was "the law of the land," indicating she would not be pushing for legislation aiming to overturn that ruling.
Equality supporters were also excited to hear Rep. Jim Smith, a Republican from Sandia Park, say he was "happy with the Supreme Court's decision" and would vote against the constitutional amendment filed by Sen. William Sharer if it made it the House floor.
HRC field organizers and coalition partners at NM Unites for Marriage are working through the legislative session to make sure legislators, Democrats and Republicans alike, hear from constituents urging them to defend the freedom to marry and shut down any attempt to restrict marriage for same-sex couples.
NM Unites for Marriage is also inviting HRC members to join the campaign at the Equality Day at the Roundhouse, hosted by Equality New Mexico, on January 30. There will be two lobbying sessions, as well as a noontime marriage rally outside the Capitol.
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