Gov. Martinez’s personal views on the issue, that marriage should be between a man and woman, are well known. The US Supreme Court decisions tend to indicate a desire for this issue to be decided at the state level, as opposed to the federal level. The governor believes it is most appropriate for voters – not politicians – to make the determination in New Mexico.
Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, had a proposed constitutional amendment to make marriage a right for same-sex couples in the last legislative session. It was defeated in committee. There also was at least one proposed "Defense of Marriage" amendment in the session that also died in committee. This could be a hot topic once again in the 2014 session.