Tuesday, January 22, 2013

One Man, One Woman

Looks like there will be dueling constitutional amendments in the Legislature concerning same-sex marriage.

Last week I reported that Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, introduced House Joint Resolution 3, which would make marriage equality a constitutional right.

However, a group of Republican legislators just introduced House Joint Resolution 4, which sounds like a classic Defense of Marriage Act. It would define marriage in the state constitution  as being between one man and one woman.

In the past such legislation has failed in New Mexico. On the other hand, legislation expanding rights to same-sex couples also have failed here.

The tide of history seems to be on the side of marriage equality. President Obama even mentioned it in his inaugural address yesterday.

However, this is New Mexico, no neither side should take anything for granted.