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N.M. gay marriage opponents vow to push for constitutional ban

Friday, December 20, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Same-sex marriage opponents are vowing the fight is not over despite a New Mexico Supreme Court decision Thursday saying it was unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.

“If they are saying it is unconstitutional, we need to make it constitutional,” said state Sen. William Sharer, a Farmington Republican.

William Sharer

William Sharer

Sharer said he will ask the Legislature in January to put to voters a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

And groups like the Flora Vista-based Voices for Family Values say their members already are gathering signatures for petitions to present to lawmakers in support of such a move.

The ruling Thursday came after county officials asked the high court to clarify the law and establish a uniform state policy on gay marriage. Historically, county clerks in New Mexico have denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples because state statutes include a marriage license application with sections for male and female applicants.

However, the state’s more populous counties this fall began issuing licenses on their own and in response to lower court rulings.

The state’s more rural counties followed suit after Thursday’s ruling. The San Juan County Clerk’s Office gave its first marriage license to a same-sex couple Thursday afternoon, the Farmington Daily-Times reported.

Three hours later, Aztec women Luciana Velasquez and Deann Toadlena were married under Christmas lights at Orchard Park in downtown Farmington.

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“We’ve been waiting for seven years. It’s the best day of my life,” said Toadlena, who plans to change her last name to Velasquez. “Everything I wanted was given to me today.”

It’s unclear how much traction Sharer’s proposal, which bucks a growing national tide toward legalizing gay marriage, will have come January. New Mexico is the 17th state to recognize the unions.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature repeatedly has turned down proposals for a constitutional amendment to allow voters to decide whether to legalize gay marriage.

Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican and who has opposed same-sex marriage, said she would have preferred to see voters, not the courts, decide the issue. But she urged New Mexicans to “respect one another in their discourse” and turn their focus to other issues facing the state.

“As we move forward, I am hopeful that we will not be divided, as we must come together to tackle very pressing issues, like reforming education and growing our economy, in the weeks and months ahead,” Martinez said.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. GOP still being stupid over this. Here’s a message for u idiots GOP..GET OVER IT!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:30pm
  2. Not all GOP. I'm Republican. I vote for equality.

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:06am
  3. Good luck with that!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:30pm
  4. Boo fucking hoo, bigots!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:31pm
  5. Too late, fuckers.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:31pm
  6. Idiots

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:31pm
  7. Hey look, a waste of time and effort

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:32pm
  8. The montra of the GOP, waste time, energy and "I gots mine the hell with you".

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:42pm
  9. Also money.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:15pm
  10. haters

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:32pm
  11. Oh i think they tried to do that in New Jersey. Um yea that didn’t go well . Stupid

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:32pm
  12. So annoying!! Just butt out and let people be happy. How does two men or two women getting married, affect anybody else’s life in any way shape or form? It doesn’t!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:32pm
  13. Just what is morality?

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:49pm
  14. Russell Charles fuck you stay in Jamaica where they kill just about everyone

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:28pm
  15. EXACTLY!!!!

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:14pm
  16. I think they love walking into buzz saws

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:32pm
  17. Take a seat!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:32pm
  18. Such attempts have failed in the past.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:33pm
  19. K good luck with that!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:33pm
  20. to late idiots LOL

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:33pm
  21. It gives them something to do while they’re not minding their own business.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:34pm
  22. the more basic human rights we have?..the more the religious fanatics start coming out from theyre closets….typical teabaggin republican rednecks… Sarah Palin for President 2016!! ..oh god please! let her run! O:)

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:35pm
  23. Why can’t they just let it go

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:36pm
  24. he just wants to waste more of tax payers money as usual

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:36pm
  25. Are they dumb or what

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:36pm
  26. he wants gays to marry women? uhhhh….

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:36pm
  27. LOVE is LOVE <3

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:38pm
  28. They can push all they want… We’ll just have to push twice as hard.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:39pm
  29. h8ful bitches.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:39pm
  30. Have they not learned anything lol good luck with that tho

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:39pm
  31. “But the entire social order is spinning out of our control! Our worldview is completely dependent upon us controlling the social order!” they shriek in frustration.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:40pm
  32. Good luck with that.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:41pm
  33. Reap what you sow MF!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:41pm
  34. The right-wing assholes would best find something they understand to deal with and leave civil rights out of this. They do not understand their “supreme” court already told them how iit was going to be!!! Now they want to vote on it, so they can be told again, it is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:41pm
  35. Yes all religious zealots are coming out of the wood work. Come on out I have a can of bug spray ready.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:41pm
  36. ok, well we push for pushing them right out the door and out of our lives-let them frolic in their shame for being bigots

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:42pm
  37. How can you go for a constitutional ban, when the ban itself would be unconstitutional…asshats

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:42pm
  38. IDIOT!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:43pm
  39. Boo!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:45pm
  40. Sigh…..

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:45pm
  41. Morons.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:46pm
  42. Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:47pm
  43. With polling data showing majority support for marriage equality in NM, Proponents of a ban will have a hard row to hoe. Usually, ballot measures need about a 60% support level to have any hope of electoral success.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:48pm
  44. I see there a some assholes in New Mexico, too.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:49pm
  45. We are so threatening??!! and hated…globally.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:50pm
  46. idiot the US supreme court has already ruled on gay marriage, get over it gay people are gonna get married and maybe just maybe start working on the 50% heterosexual divorce rate

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:51pm
  47. Why are people so s ared of same-sex marriage—It does not effect them? Really, in 2013 there are still stupid people

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:51pm
  48. That is one ultimative retarded republican asshole..

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:51pm
  49. Go pray the gays away!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:54pm
  50. Its the law #gays are equal

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:56pm
  51. I was just thinking how gay an lesbian military personnel are fighting and some losing their lives so that the people of the United States can be safe and free……those that make it back home are then denied the freedom and benefits of MARRIAGE EQUALITY . The politicians of these states denying these freedoms are scum of the earth.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:57pm
  52. tight lipped/stuffy uptight looking ‘haven’t been laid in years’ type of douchebag…don’t ya think?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 6:58pm
  53. Okay Bill, I know when I’m licked–get off your knees.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:01pm
  54. Another screaming closet case

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:02pm
  55. There are women and children living in the gutters of our cities!!! Why don’t these guy get a constitutional ban on poverty and/even OR violence against our mothers, sisters and someone’s daughter?!?!?! Petty minds will always gravitate toward small problems.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:03pm
  56. Silly silly breeders.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:05pm
  57. That’s cute

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:05pm
  58. tell those republicans and christians tough its over go cry in your church and shut u

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:05pm
  59. of course XD that’s what they said about california

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:05pm
  60. Idiot! Who is these donut-face? None of his business what someone does in their private lives. Stay out of it! And stop wasting TAX-DOLLARS, you Drecksau!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:06pm
  61. Hilarious! The gay marriage opponents are losing.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:07pm
  62. how can you justify taking away basic human rights? thats all this is now, th GOP wants to oppress people

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:09pm
  63. GOP, stop trying to legislate Christian ideals. It don’t even concern you unless you are gay. Stop wasting taxpayer money on religious persecution.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:18pm
  64. let it go !!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:22pm
  65. Well if it’s constitutional for straight ppl to marry and “unconstitutional” for gays then maybe we should push for a ban on straight ppl being allowed to divorce!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:22pm
  66. Really? Constitutional ban? That’s impossible. :/ it’d be unconstitutional to allow such a thing.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:24pm
  67. Good luck taking this to court. You won’t win assholes.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:26pm
  68. And should such a state ban be enacted, the circumstances are very similar to those in California and the SCOTUS will strike it down. Go ahead and waste your money, Republicans.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:28pm
  69. Bigots!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:29pm
  70. And I just bet a lot of that money to fight won’t will be from out of state.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:31pm
  71. Assholes

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:33pm
  72. seriously its over now seriously get over it its not going to happen

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:35pm
  73. Just let it go and spend your resources on doing some good for the less fortunate in NM.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:35pm
  74. Uh yeah, good luck with that…NOT!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:37pm
  75. Keep suffering

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:40pm
  76. It’s time for our Federal
    Government to put its proverbial foot down and enforce our constitution where “everyone is created equal”.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:42pm
  77. Bigots!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:49pm
  78. he looks old hopefully he will die soon!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:50pm
  79. Umm…these assfaces make a living off this kind of crap.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:56pm
  80. the ussc will soon give gays strict scrutiny protection the the usc 14th amendment because of all this disparity

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:56pm
  81. You lost get the fuck over it!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:57pm
  82. Why? When will America finally rid itself of this fundamentalist filth, this evangelical effluvia that continues to spread hatred and bigotry. My right to marry civilly is constitutional. It is not arbitrary. All christians should go straight to hell.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:58pm
  83. Oh, he thinks because it’s legal, we’re going to elt our guards down and give up. HA! In his dreams.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:08pm
  84. Idiots! If you are against same sex marriage-THEN DON’T GET ONE!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:09pm
  85. The American Taliban rides again

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:09pm
  86. Give it pal…..you got caught breaking the law and the New Mexico Supreme Court UNANIMOUSLY AGREED……go fight another battle…you already lost this one

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:19pm
  87. Get a life!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:24pm
  88. …didn’t work in at least 17 states…you ever date a black girl?…

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:25pm
  89. He and most other Republicans in this Great State of New Mexico will be voted out of office with the Great Susanna Martinez

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:30pm
  90. I wish they would stick dildos up there ass

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:31pm
  91. Too late!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:32pm
  92. Just wasting taxpayer money and time on something that won’t go anywhere! Just Rember next year that she wants to put civil liberties on a ballot. I ask the Governor, what civil liberties that she and the First Gentleman enjoy and let’s put that on a ballot as well. You don’t vote for or against civil liberties – they are guaranteed by the US Constitution and not religion.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:34pm
  93. they should put their time and money to better use. but”who am l to judge”

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:47pm
  94. give up dumbass

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:49pm
  95. Good luck, ain’t happening

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 8:50pm
  96. Oh LOOK at who has the ‘AGENDA’ now ladies and gentlemen! Remember, these people cannot accept change. They are like the dinosaurs and evolution will kill em off if their stupidity doesn’t first.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:00pm
  97. Lets face it old guy how many more years do you have to worry about it listen. I pay taxes we all pay taxes under the constitution we all need to be respected and treated right under law and who we fall in love with or make love to in our house is our business and again should have same rights !!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:05pm
  98. Good, that will keep them busy from causing other harm while fighting a losing battle and hanging themselves as the bad guys in history.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:13pm
  99. Personally the fact that this person is still breathing offends and effects me. Please someone show me where i can get a petition started to have him shot in the fucking head

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:19pm
  100. Go ahead and let them waste taxpayer money. It will just be overturned in a few years. Oh well, you can’t fix stupid.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:21pm
  101. Push all you want, Cretans. The last century is calling and wants your jobs.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:22pm
  102. evil man

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:31pm
  103. Never, ever, ever gonna happen! Love to watch them scramble!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 9:53pm
  104. He need to mind his own damn business and let them get married and be happy because they should’ve had that right along time ago and by the way politics and the government should stay the heck of it it not their business to begin with

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:22pm
  105. It never ceases to amaze me how some pigs can get so upset by someone else’s happiness.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:24pm
  106. Hvae him ask how that worked for Utah.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:29pm
  107. iN YOUR HOUSE MAYBE!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:33pm
  108. ha, like that’ll happen

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:36pm
  109. How about we ban Divorce?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:36pm
  110. It pleases me to see these scum now paying millions to defend their garbage. We spent enough defeating them.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:40pm
  111. idiot assholes who are definitely NOT Christians since they are not following Christ’s commands to NOT judge one another and love your neighbor as yourself.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:46pm
  112. Why is it that every “opponent” looks like this dude?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:56pm
  113. Why are people always trying to ice skate uphill?Stop trying to force people into living their lives according to how your miserable ass would want them to live.It’s called freedom for a reason Fuckwads.And like it or not,it’s happening weather people want it to or not.Try fighting against something that hasn’t been deemed unconstitutional.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:07pm
  114. Ahhahaaaa didn’t work in UTAH hahahahaaahahahaaaa not going to win this round

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:10pm
  115. …..yes, the fight IS over…..so why don’t these people ALSO stop fighting mental health……

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:39pm
  116. Oh, they have a problem with gays getting married but they don’t mind cheating on their wives or husbands? Very nice.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:44pm
  117. They should go volunteer at a homeless shelter. What a waste of time.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:45pm
  118. Good luck with that dear!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:12am
  119. Why cant they mind there business, and leave us alone Geez.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:14am
  120. Give it up dudes…..it’s over…..you lost!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:16am
  121. Why?..so they can just waist more tax payer money?..DOMA has already been trashed like the garage it is

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:16am
  122. The ‘Old Guard’ is not giving up. It’s all they’ve got left.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:22am