New Mexico Supreme Court Recognizes Same Sex Marriage

December 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Posted in Same Sex Marriage | Leave a comment
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The New Mexico Supreme Court announced last week in Griego v. Oliver that New Mexico “is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law.” The Supreme Court directed that all state statutes, rules, regulations or the common law that refer to “husband, wife, spouse, family, immediately family, dependent, next of kin, widow, widower or any other word, which, in context, denotes a marital relationship, the same shall apply to same-gender couples who choose to marry.”  The Court also ordered that gender-neutral language be used in New   Mexico’s statutory marriage license application form and that “‘civil marriage’ shall be construed to mean the voluntary union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.” Finally, it held that “all rights, protections, and responsibilities that result from the marital relationship shall apply equally to both same-gender and opposite-gender married couples.”

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