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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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New Mexico county faces lawsuit in death of gay man

Friday, November 14, 2014
New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The family of a gay New Mexico man who was abducted and brutally beaten to death is suing a sheriff's office for not protecting him. A lawyer for the family of Leon Sanchez filed a federal lawsuit last week against Lea County Sheriff's Department and accused the agency of not properly investigating the case.

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Lawsuit alleges New Mexico college student was shunned for anti-gay views

Thursday, October 16, 2014
University of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A former University of New Mexico student can proceed with a free speech lawsuit against the school alleging she was ostracized by her professors for making anti-gay remarks in paper, a federal judge has ruled. Chief U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo denied the university's request to have Monica Pompeo's lawsuit...

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Majority of Santa Fe marriage licenses in past year went to same-sex couples

Sunday, September 7, 2014
This photo taken on Monday, May 12, 2014, shows the certificate of marriage presented to Kathy Chambery, and her partner, Marilyn Haring of 23 years, after they were married at Magistrate Court in Santa Fe, N.M.
SANTA FE, N.M. — More than half of the marriage licenses issued by Santa Fe County in the past year have gone to same-sex couples. The number of licenses issued has doubled, and 55 percent went to same-sex couples, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday, citing data compiled by the county clerk’s office...

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Nearly 900 marriage licenses issued to gay couples in pioneer N.M. county

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Gay 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.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A county clerk in New Mexico whose actions ultimately prompted the state Supreme Court to declare same-sex marriage legal statewide, says his office issued nearly 900 marriage licenses to gay couples in the past year. Last year, Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins -- noting that New Mexico's marriage laws were gender neutral ...

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N.M. mom charged with abuse, hate crime attack on lesbian daughter

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Magdo Haro
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sheriff's deputies in Doña Ana County, N.M., have arrested the mother of a 17-year-old girl on charges of physical and sexual abuse in reaction to learning of her daughter's sexual orientation. Sheriff’s officials have enhanced the charges because they say the incident qualifies as a hate crime.

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Santa Fe County, N.M., issues 1,000th same-sex marriage license

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
In this photo taken on Monday, May 12, 2014, Kathy Chambery, left, and her partner, Marilyn Haring of 23 years, thank each other after they were married at Magistrate Court in Santa Fe, N.M.
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Two Santa Fe residents became the 1,000th same-sex couple to receive a marriage license from Santa Fe County.

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

Monday, April 7, 2014
Elaine Huguenin
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.

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

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Pitre Buick in Albuquerque, N.M.
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.

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

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Javier Gonzales
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.

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Judges in 2 N.M. counties stop officiating weddings following gay marriage ruling

Thursday, February 20, 2014
New Mexico
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.

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