On Thursday, the top court in New Mexico added the state to the list of places where gay marriage is legal in the U.S.
In an unanimous decision, the New Mexico Supreme Court determined that no existing state statute prevented same sex marriages. It also declared that forbidding gay marriages was discriminatory to gay people. The decision made New Mexico the 17th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal, Reuters notes.
A legal battle arose in New Mexico after several counties began issuing marriage licenses to same sex partners. Lower courts had upheld the licenses for same sex marriages. The state’s supreme court entered the debate after 33 county clerks asked it to decide the legality of gay marriage in the state. It ruled that civil marriage in New Mexico would now be defined as “the voluntary union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.”
Not everyone is pleased that New Mexico is now another place where where gay marriage is legal in the U.S. A Republican state senator has promised to launch a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage in the state
Here are a list of places where gay marriage is legal in the U.S.:
- NJ Becomes 14th State to Recognize Gay Marriage
- Two More States Legalize Gay Marriage
- Hawaii Becomes Next State to Allow Gay Marriage
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