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NM bill proposes constitutional ban on gay marriage

Monday, December 21, 2009
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When the New Mexico legislature reconvenes in January, one of the bills that will be under consideration is a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, reports the New Mexico Independent.

A previous bill that would have allowed domestic partnerships was defeated earlier this year following a lengthy debate earlier.

Gov. Bill Richardson has said that during the next session he will try again to get such a bill passed.

The bill proposing a constitutional amendment was filed by Sen. William Sharer, R-Farmington, seeks to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

This is not the first time legislation aimed at banning gay marriage has been brought up in New Mexico’s legislature.

Previous bills by Sharer in 2009, and Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell in 2008 both died in committee.

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