- January 24, 2014
Post submitted by Leigh Durham, HRC Field Organizer
On Wednesday, New Mexico's three Catholic Bishops met with legislators in Santa Fe, weighing in on proposed legislation and the issues they want to see resolved in the 2014 legislative session. To the surprise of some, there was no mention of marriage for same-sex couples. Nor did the Bishops raise the NM Supreme Court ruling that brought marriage equality to the Land of Enchantment in December.
Instead, the Bishops focused on the importance of early-childhood education and driver's licenses for immigrants. A spokesperson for the Bishops did state that they would “likely” support the constitutional amendment introduced by Sen. Bill Sharer banning marriage equality, but that it “was not a priority.” In September, Pope Francis criticized the Catholic hierarchy for their “obsession” with LGBT issues and urged them to strike a “new balance” to make the Church a merciful, more welcoming place for all, including LGBT people.
This promising sign comes only weeks after Republican Governor Susana Martinez publicly stated that she would not push for legislation that goes against the Court decision, indicating a larger shift in opinion from many former opponents of marriage equality.
Nationally, 54 percent of American Catholics support same-sex marriage, according to a 2013 Quinnipiac University poll.
Join HRC and our partners at Equality New Mexico on January 30 for Equality Day in Santa Fe as we show support for marriage equality and LGBT rights during conversations with legislators, advocacy training and a rally outside the Roundhouse at noon.
HRC is a proud founding member of the New Mexico Unites for Marriage coalition. In addition to providing valuable resources, HRC has two organizers on the ground working alongside New Mexico Unites for Marriage, the coalition working to protect marriage equality in the state.