Post submitted by David McCabe, HRC Digital Media intern
Last night, the Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution asking New Mexico’s elected officials to eliminate any laws that stand between the state’s LGBT citizens and marriage equality.
The commissioners approved the non-binding resolution in a four to one vote. While it has no immediate affect on the county’s law, it demonstrates that Santa Feans are ready for their LGBT friends and family members to be given the dignity that comes with the legal recognition of their marriages.
Equality New Mexico has been on the ground since its founding in 1993 fighting for the rights of LGBT New Mexicans, and helped to pass non-discrimination and hate crimes laws in the state.
The majority of Americans support marriage equality by a 56 to 41 margin, according to a March poll from ABC News and the Washington Post. Loving, committed same-sex couples now have the right to marry in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
With actions like these, cities demonstrate leadership on matters of equality. This is happening at the local level across the country: where states and the federal government have failed to act, municipalities have stepped up. More than 170 cities and counties across the country have passed non-discrimination laws that protect their LGBT constituents. HRC’s Municipal Equality Index demonstrates the ways that many cities can – and do – serve the LGBT people who live and work in those cities. Read the Municipal Equality Index report here, and click here to see the detailed scorecards for the 137 cities the MEI rated in 2012. The 2013 Municipal Equality Index is rating 291 cities and will be released this fall.