New Mexico AG Gary King: Other States’ Gay Marriages Should Be Recognized Here

Though New Mexico’s lawmakers couldn’t push through a domestic partnership bill last year, a glimmer of good news: Attorney General Gary King says after reviewing the state’s laws at the request of State Rep. Al Park, it’s King’s professional opinion that out-of-state same-sex marriages should be recognized. Of course that doesn’t mean a court can’t rule another way, but with that opinion it signals the AG’s office would go to court to defend King’s stance. Not that any of this changes the mind of Gov. Susana Martinez, whose office says in a statement, “Gov. Martinez made it clear during the campaign that she opposes same-sex marriage. It’s important to note that no New Mexico court has ruled on this issue.” It’s also important to note that such a declaration from the AG is likely to heat up support to constitutionally ban recognition of outside marriages. [photo via]

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  • Daez

    How do you get around DOMA in this case? I’m all for NM honoring marriages from outside of the state, but wasn’t DOMA basically created to keep them from having to.

    I really don’t see this happening in NM although it most definitely should.

  • Jeffree

    @Daez: DOMA is Federal.
    You’ll learn all about the difference between federal and state laws in 8th grade.

  • justiceontherocks

    DOMA provides that a state is not required to recognize a same-sex marriage validly performed in another state. It does not prohibit any state from recognizing such a marriage.

    It defines marriage as between a man and woman for purposes of federal law.

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