Freedom to Marry Supports Lawsuit on Denial of Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex NM Couples

3/21/2013

For Immediate Release

Press Contact:
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry
nicole@freedomtomarry.org
646-375-2044

New York – Two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in New Mexico today after being denied marriage licenses in the state, claiming that neither the marriage statutes nor the state constitution bars same-sex couples from marrying. The couples are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of New Mexico, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and local law firms.

Thalia Zepatos, Freedom to Marry’s director of public engagement and an adviser to New Mexico groups working toward marriage, said: “This suit illustrates what New Mexico residents, and all Americans, know deep down: There’s no good reason to exclude gay and lesbian couples from marriage. We hope New Mexico will embrace this opportunity to make families stronger and reaffirm its constitutional ideal of equality. Freedom to Marry is proud to be partnering with Equality New Mexico on a public education campaign to build support for marriage as the legal teams make the case for equality in the courts.”

Earlier this week, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and Councilor Patti Bushee announced a resolution recognizing that marriage for same-sex couples is legal in New Mexico and urging county clerks to begin issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.