Post submitted by Leigh Durham, HRC field organizer
In an editorial piece published in the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday, December 29, the major New Mexican newspaper urged conservative legislators to "let it go" and accept the recent state Supreme Court ruling that found denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry unconstitutional.
The editorial states, "Gay marriage opponents who continue this fight will succeed only in fanning the flames of hostility and resentment...The state Supreme Court has concluded that all people, no matter their sexual orientation, should be treated equally under the law when it comes to the right to marry. It’s time to recognize that and move on."
Following the landmark decision that brought marriage equality to the Land of Enchantment, State Senator William Sharer pre-filed a constitutional amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman to be introduced during the upcoming 2014 legislative session.
As we move forward into the new year, New Mexicans across the state must work to defend the Court's decision by urging their elected officials to protect the freedom to marry for all couples in the upcoming session to ensure that conservative legislators' attempts to deny equality are stopped.
During the month of January, HRC field organizers and the NM Unites for Marriage campaign are holding phone banks Sunday afternoons and evenings Monday through Thursday. Sign up to volunteer here.