- October 17, 2013
Post submitted by Leigh Durham, HRC field organizer
For anyone following the fight to win marriage equality in New Mexico, we’ve seen several months of incredible momentum and a groundswell of support, which will culminate on October 23rd in Santa Fe as the State Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Griego v. Oliver. The decision made by the Court will not only determine the ability of all loving and committed New Mexico couples to marry, but also has the power to protect the recent marriages of hundreds of couples officiated in eight counties currently issuing licenses to same-sex couples.
In September, the New Mexico Association of Counties, representing all 33 county clerks in the state, intervened in the case, urging the Supreme Court to issue a swift final decision on the constitutionality of denying same-sex couples marriage licenses. New Mexico’s State Constitution is unusual in that it neither allows nor prohibits marriages of same-sex couples, and the recent groundswell is in part a result of its ambiguity.
To celebrate this momentous day, HRC, Progress Now NM and our partners at the Why Marriage Matters campaign, including the ACLU of New Mexico, Equality New Mexico, and Freedom to Marry, are hosting a gathering outside the Courthouse on October 23rd beginning at 7:30 am. Coffee and donuts will be provided, and supporters will meet, dressed in red, to show support for a fast decision from the Court upholding equality in the Land of Enchantment. Now is the time for the Court to make a clear step towards not only accepting, but both respecting and recognizing the love committed same-sex couples and their families across New Mexico share.