If the Legislature approves a proposed constitutional amendment, voters in New Mexico could soon be voting on whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage.
A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) is scheduled to be put forward in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. If ultimately approved, it would amend the state constitution to declare that “the issuance of a marriage license shall not be denied on the basis that the sex of both applicants is the same.”
House Joint Resolution 3 would also ensure religious institutions wouldn’t be required to perform marriage rites that conflicted with their teachings.
“It’s time to recognize all the families in New Mexico who are headed by same-sex couples,” said Egolf earlier this week.
Currently New Mexico law doesn’t ban gay marriages, but efforts to pass a domestic-partner law have failed in recent years. The Land of Enchantment does, however, provide benefits to same-sex partners of state employees and recognize marriages performed elsewhere.