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N.M. governor says she won’t push for constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico governor Susana Martinez said Monday that she won’t push for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in New Mexico in the upcoming legislative session.

Gov. Susana Martinez (R-N.M.)

Gov. Susana Martinez (R-N.M.)

Martinez has previously said she believed state voters should decide the issue by way of a ballot question, but at a news conference Monday signaled that a state Supreme Court ruling last month that legalized same-sex marriage should be the final word, reported the Santa Fe New Mexican.

“I think what I said before was that yes, the people should have decided on it, but the Supreme Court has decided,” the Martinez said, when asked by a reporter about the issue. “And it’s now the law of the land.”

Asked whether that meant she wouldn’t push for the Legislature to pass a measure like Sen. Bill Sharer’s Senate Joint Resolution 6, Martinez responded, “It’s the law of the land. The Supreme Court has spoken.”

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled last month that it violates the state constitution to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.

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New Mexico’s marriage laws are “gender neutral” and don’t explicitly prohibit or authorize issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Immediately following the decision, county clerks across the state began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Sharer, a Republican from Farmington, N.M., said he will ask the Legislature to put to voters a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in an effort to overturn the court’s decision, but the Democratic-controlled Legislature repeatedly has turned down such proposals.

Following last month’s ruling, Martinez urged New Mexicans to “respect one another in their discourse” and turn their focus to other issues facing the state.

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  1. Good!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:47pm
  2. I like her!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:49pm
  3. Of course she won’t. She’s in a state that votes very independently. She knows if she follows her right wing agenda she’ll be voted out.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:49pm
  4. Three words are all that are necessary…THANK YOU SINCERELY.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:50pm
  5. Her name's not Sincerely lol

    Replied on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:48pm
  6. At least I didn't call her "SHIRLEY" lol

    Replied on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 11:49pm
  7. Only decent thing she’s done. Trying to butter us up for gop vp spot

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:51pm
  8. Right on!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:51pm
  9. No, as a New Mexican, the current governor Susana Martinez wants to make civil liberties a “ballot measure.” I emailed the governor asking what civil liberty that she and her husband enjoy and let’s put that on the ballot. Funny, she failed to respond….

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:53pm
  10. She is an awesome woman that really cares about.nm and.its.citizens

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:53pm
  11. She won’t push because she wants all the votes she can get for next go round.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:55pm
  12. See wall? See handwriting?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:56pm
  13. You go girl!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 7:56pm
  14. Didn’t New Mexico just OK SS marriages anyway?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:01pm
  15. Good news. I’m glad she’s being realistic about this unlike the governor of a certain state that starts with U

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:03pm
  16. Sees the writing on the wall!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:08pm
  17. She is smart. Wish Utah’s governor would follow her lead instead of wasting our tax dollars

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:10pm
  18. well done, mam

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:12pm
  19. Thank you

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:17pm
  20. SHE IS JUST LOOKING FOR VOTES – DON’T TRUST HER – WE DID

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:32pm
  21. Good.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:42pm
  22. Duh…. wouldn’t matter anyway…. it would be a waste of money and resources

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:45pm
  23. At least its one republican who is keepong her stupidity to herself

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:51pm
  24. Good, i wanna get married to my wonderful girlfriend

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8:51pm
  25. It seems to me like no state will push for constitutional bans anymore as it will lead to the legal gay marriage being legal.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 9:36pm
  26. Wow! I love u governor

    Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:33pm
  27. Most things that were good for minorities or suppressed came about not through popular vote or they would have lost. End of slavery, women’s right to vote, integration, interracial marriage, gay right and now same sex marriage. Often the majority is a pretty stupid group of people.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 12:24am
  28. want-a-be

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 12:31am
  29. That C U (N)ext (T)uesday is still a homophobe. She’s right in that people should focus on other issues which is what all homophobes should be doing because two strangers of the same sex marrying has nothing to do with them.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 1:24am
  30. good for her!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:43am
  31. So MAYBE she isn’t a complete idiot?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 4:22am
  32. Lets all just pack our shit and go to Canada

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 4:54am
  33. Good: Because We Need To
    Push Reality Down The Throats of Those Who Are
    Based on Prejudices and Not
    Facing Reality. I Hope Gay
    Marriages Becomes Nation
    Wide and Permanent Where
    It Cannot Be Reversed In Any
    Manner Whatsoever.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 5:09am
  34. Im shocked she not pushing the issue……its all about her ego and carreer she cares nothing about amyone but herself……,she is still refusing to pay state worker from a breach of a union contract years ago. the Supreme Court of New Mexico proved that she broke the law and she feels like she still doesnt have to pay them. By the way shes a Texan not a New Mexican in my eyes.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 8:42am
  35. Ok, but here is her voting record…. She ran and was elected on an anti-gay anti marriage equality platform. Here was one of her most recent anti-equality legislations: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/new-mexicos-martinez-vetoes-bill-gay

    As a New Mexican, I have been highly disappointed in our choice of Governor, and surprised when we won marriage equality. Martinez has always said she would fight against gay rights because they are against her religion.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:05am
  36. She’s only looking for votes. Stop giving her credit, please. She has NEVER SUPPORTED EQUALITY. She has been on record many times as saying she doesn’t believe we deserve equal rights, and has fought against us since election!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:08am
  37. Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:09am
  38. Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:17am
  39. someone with some sense is in your government! wow!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:35pm
  40. I pray Indiana’s does the same…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3:44pm