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New Mexico state legislator introduces anti-gay ‘Defense of Marriage’ bill

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article mistakenly included information from a report we published last year. We apologize for the error and confusion.

SANTA FE, N.M. — A New Mexico lawmaker has reintroduced a state-level Defense of Marriage Act that would amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage and void recognition of marriages and civil unions from other states.

The bill, House Joint Resolution 22, was introduced last week by freshman Rep. David Chavez (R-Los Lunas), and if approved in the legislature, and then by voters in November, would prohibit New Mexico from recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the state, as well as civil unions and possibly domestic partnerships.

In a departure from conducting normal city business, the Santa Fe city council last week outlined its position on the marriage amendment and approved an emergency resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Patti Bushee opposing the proposed ban on same-sex marriage.

“The Santa Fe City Council stood with New Mexico families last night, and sent a clear message to legislators: that in New Mexico we celebrate diversity, we respect our neighbors, and we value our families. All of our families”, said Jacob Candelaria, President/CEO of Equality New Mexico.

“With thousands of New Mexicans still struggling to get by in a rough economy, now is not the time to score political points by inciting discrimination against thousands of New Mexico families,” continued Candelaria.

“My sincere hope is that all legislators, including Rep. David Chavez, will spend their time focusing on what matters most to New Mexicans: education, jobs, and the economy,” he said.

Equality New Mexico has launched a Change.org petition for Rep. Chavez to withdraw his Defense of Marriage amendment.

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18 more reader comments:

  1. Bull Crap..

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:11pm
  2. one man and one woman. well mitt romney would vote against that

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:12pm
  3. *RASPBERRY*

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:12pm
  4. Ugh…..

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:13pm
  5. what a bunch of crap. :/

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:13pm
  6. WTF?!?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:14pm
  7. Jokie rolls eyes….

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:14pm
  8. Come on New Mexico, really? It’s bad enough that I live here, and now pulling this crap.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:18pm
  9. hate is so passe’

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:29pm
  10. figures

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:37pm
  11. What are they going to do?
    Without our Full Freedom & Equality.
    We are considered “Slaves!”

    Slaves, never paid “TAXES! “

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:50pm
  12. That is so much bullshit >:(

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 10:52pm
  13. F*ck New Mexico.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:06pm
  14. it’s hard to believe the place I have two tattoos of and is my home would put up bills like this. we’ve always been the land of tomorrow and nobody in Cruces really cares at all what you do with your life, that’s why I love this city and the fact that the bills have been turned down so many times says something, the bottom line with New Mexico is nobody cares, honestly. I suppose it’s only a matter of time with governor martinez though, breaks my heart. doesn’t change how much I love my home and my state though. still sucks

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:30pm
  15. I live in NM and I do not agree with this one bit!! Times change n our government needs to get with the importance Of new age marriage!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:42pm
  16. thumbs down button now!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 1:34am
  17. I live in New mexico (ABQ) and love it. People really don’t care about sexual orientation….it’s so laid back here. But, we do have to fight these ridiculous bills.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 6:49am
  18. WOW. My partner and I were considering buying a vacation home there. Guess we will look at another state.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 8:32pm