New Mexico

New Mexico is the 47th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Jan. 6, 1912. Its most populous city is Albuquerque, and the state capitol is located in Santa Fe.

Marriage Equality: Same-sex marriage became legal in New Mexico on Dec. 19, 2013, after the state Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, because New Mexico’s marriage statutes were gender neutral and did not specifically prohibit same-sex marriages. Prior to the ruling, eight of 33 counties, covering 58 percent of the state’s population, had begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August and September 2013.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Elaine Huguenin

U.S. Supreme Court declines appeal over N.M. gay bias case

Monday, April 7, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom. [ Read more → ]
Pitre Buick in Albuquerque, N.M.

N.M. auto dealership to pay $2 million to settle same-sex harassment law suit

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- An Albuquerque automobile dealership is agreeing to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that dozens of male employees were subjected to same-sex sexual harassment and retaliation. [ Read more → ]
Javier Gonzales

Santa Fe, N.M., voters elect city’s first openly gay mayor

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Javier Gonzales was elected Mayor of Santa Fe in a three-way race on Tuesday, becoming the city's first ever openly gay mayor. [ Read more → ]
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Judges in 2 N.M. counties stop officiating weddings following gay marriage ruling

Thursday, February 20, 2014
CARLSBAD, N.M. -- Judges in two southeastern New Mexico counties recently announced they will no longer officiate weddings after the state's high court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal. [ Read more → ]
Shari Vialpando-Hill, Las Cruces Sun-News/APGay and lesbian couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

N.M. county clerk to donate unused legal funds to marriage equality campaign

Sunday, January 12, 2014
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A southern New Mexico county clerk who faced a lawsuit for issuing same-sex marriage licenses is donating the remainder of his defense fund to a marriage equality advocacy campaign. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Susana Martinez (R-N.M.)

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. [ Read more → ]
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Group wants to repeal Navajo Nation’s ban on same-sex marriage

Sunday, January 5, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An effort to repeal the Navajo Nation's same-sex marriage ban has been energized by court decisions in some states to allow such unions. [ Read more → ]
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N.M. expects tourism boost following same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, December 26, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Towns and cities in New Mexico are expecting a jump in tourism from same-sex couples who now can get marriage licenses in the state following a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this month. [ Read more → ]
Matt York, APGreg Lupfer

Colo. State coach suspended for calling Wash. State QB a ‘fucking faggot’

Monday, December 23, 2013
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State defensive line coach Greg Lupfer has been suspended without pay for two weeks for using a gay slur when yelling at Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday in the New Mexico Bowl last weekend. [ Read more → ]
Donna Carpenter

N.M. county clerk, deputy resign to avoid issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

Friday, December 20, 2013
PORTALES, N.M. -- Two New Mexico officials responsible for issuing marriage licenses resigned their position on Friday, just one day after the state Supreme Court ordered all 33 county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
William Sharer

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. [ Read more → ]
Navajo-Nation

Navajo Nation official: N.M. court ruling has no effect on tribe’s gay marriage ban

Friday, December 20, 2013
FARMINGTON, N.M. — A Navajo Nation official says the tribe's own law prohibiting same-sex marriage isn't affected by the New Mexico Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples in New Mexico. [ Read more → ]
Russell Contreras, APMiriam Rand, 64, left, and Ona Porter, 67, both of Albuquerque, N.M., talk to reporters Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after the New Mexico Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in the state. The couple were part of a lawsuit that brought the case before the state's highest court.

N.M. same-sex marriage ruling comes following couple’s three-decade wait

Friday, December 20, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Miriam Rand and Ono Porter were having lunch when the couple got a call that they'd been waiting for, for three decades: New Mexico's Supreme Court had just issued a ruling on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Roberto Rosales, Albuquerque Journal (AP)Same-sex couples pack the Bernalillo County Clerk's office in Albuquerque on Aug. 27, 2013, with anticipation of obtaining a marriage license.

N.M. Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage legal statewide

Thursday, December 19, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico's highest court has legalized same-sex marriage, declaring it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
ACLU New Mexico

Plaintiff in N.M. same-sex marriage lawsuit loses battle with brain cancer

Monday, November 11, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Jennifer Neuman-Roper, one of the plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit seeking marriage equality in New Mexico, died on Friday of advanced cancer. She was 44. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Huguenin

N.M. photographer appeals to U.S. Supreme Court in gay bias case

Friday, November 8, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The nation's highest court is being asked to overturn a New Mexico ruling that an Albuquerque business owned by gay marriage opponents violated a state anti-discrimination law in refusing to photograph a same-sex couple's commitment ceremony. [ Read more → ]
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N.M. insurance regulator orders equal coverage for married same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Insurance companies in New Mexico must provide same-sex married couples with the same discounts and benefits offered to opposite-sex married couples, the state insurance regulator announced Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
KRQE-TV

N.M. Supreme Court hears arguments on legalizing same-sex marriage

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico's highest court stepped into the fray over same-sex marriage on Wednesday, hearing arguments in a case expected to give counties across the state uniform policies on the matter. [ Read more → ]
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N.M. high court says it won’t immediately decide same-sex marriage case

Monday, October 21, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico's highest court says it won't issue an immediate decision in a case that could decide whether gay marriage is legal statewide. [ Read more → ]
Eddie Moore, Albuquerque Journal/APSanta County Commissioner Liz Stefonics (left) and Linda Siegle, a lobbyist for Equality New Mexico, holding hands after they were married in the Santa Fe County Commission Chambers, in Santa Fe, N.M. on August 23, 2013.

N.M. state Supreme Court prepares to hear same-sex marriage case

Friday, October 18, 2013
The five-member New Mexico Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments next Wednesday in a case that could resolve an issue that's historically stalled in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. New Mexico law doesn't explicitly authorize or prohibit gay marriage, but lawmakers have refused to ban it or allow for domestic partnerships. [ Read more → ]
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N.M. GOP lawmakers oppose same-sex marriage in court filing

Monday, September 23, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Nearly two dozen current and former Republican legislators are urging New Mexico's highest court to declare that state law prohibits same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Shari Vialpando-Hill, Las Cruces Sun-News/APGay and lesbian couples flocked to southern New Mexico when Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins announced on August 21 that his office was now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

N.M. county clerk raises nearly $30K for gay marriage defense fund

Saturday, September 14, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A southern New Mexico county clerk who is facing a challenge for his decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses has garnered close to $30,000 in donations. [ Read more → ]
Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics and her partner of 22 years, Linda Siegle, were married by Judge Mark Basham on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. The couple were the first to receive their marriage license from Santa Fe County Clerk Geraldine Salazar.

Same-sex marriage stirs little public outcry in N.M.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lynn Ellins stunned New Mexico last month when the county clerk decided to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But even he was shocked by the lack of public outrage or protest to his decision, which set off a chain reaction that has for all practical purposes made same-sex marriage legal in the state. [ Read more → ]
Silver City Sun-NewsJoshua Reeves and Kyle Meredith, together 35 years, are among the couples applying for their marriage license at the Grant County Clerk's Office Monday, Sept. 9.

Grant County becomes 8th N.M. county to issue same-sex marriage licenses

Monday, September 9, 2013
SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Four same-sex couples were waiting at the County Clerk's office in Silver City, N.M., on Monday to be the first to obtain their marriage licenses when Grant County became the eighth New Mexico county to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. [ Read more → ]
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N.M. Supreme Court to hear same-sex marriage case next month

Friday, September 6, 2013
SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico's highest court has scheduled a hearing next month in a case that could resolve whether same-sex marriage is legal in the state. [ Read more → ]
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