New Mexico Lawsuit Would Compel Same-Sex Marriage
As I noted earlier this week, several political figures in New Mexico have pointed out that New Mexico’s marriage law doesn’t specifically limit marriage to a man and a woman. At the time, I wondered how long it would be before we’d see a test case filed. Well, it didn’t take long at all:
Two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses in Bernalillo County, New Mexico are suing in state court, seeking a marriage license and an injunction stopping the county clerk from refusing to grant same-sex couples marriage licenses.
The American Civil Liberties Union and National Center for Lesbian Rights are co-counsel in the lawsuit. The couples, according to an ACLU news release, are Miriam Rand, 63, and Ona Porter, 66; and Rose Griego, 47, and Kim Kiel, 44.
“Ona and I have been together for over 25 years. Together, we raised children, we took care of our mothers when they were dying and are currently raising our granddaughter. We are family. We love and care for one another through good times and bad. We want our community to recognize our love and commitment for what it is – a marriage,” Rand said in a news release announcing the lawsuit.
I don’t have enough knowledge of the law in New Mexico to know how viable this case actually is, but it will be an interesting case to watch.
Here’s the lawsuit: