Santa Fe Mayor: Gay marriage is already legal

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

City officials in Santa Fe, N.M., argue that gay marriage is already legal because state law does not explicitly “define marriage as between a man and a woman.”

“New Mexico’s statutory definition of marriage is gender-neutral,” The New Mexican quotes the city attorney office as arguing. “Since New Mexico does not define marriage as between a man and a woman, and since New Mexico does not prohibit same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage is permitted in New Mexico.”

Santa Fe Mayor David Coss proposed a resolution “recognizing that same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico and encouraging New Mexico’s county clerks to issue licenses to same-sex couples.”

According to the liberal group ProgressNow New Mexico, “The resolution will be introduced next week, just as the Supreme Court takes up arguments on gay marriage and [the Defense of Marriage Act].”

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