By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously legalized homosexual ‘marriage’ in the state on Thursday, ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to those in same-sex relationships.
“Denying same-gender couples the right to marry and thus depriving them and their families of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage violates the equality demanded by the Equal Protection Clause of the New Mexico Constitution,” wrote Judge Edward Chavez on behalf of the five-judge panel.
The decision follows a vote in August by county clerks in the state to ask the state Supreme Court to bring clarity to the issue after some clerks began issuing licenses to homosexuals. Four district court judges had ordered clerks in Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Taos and Grant County to issue the licenses this year in various localized lawsuits. One clerk in Dona Ana County had also begun issuing licenses on his own volition. Click here to continue reading.