Monday, January 6, 2014

Gov Won't Push for Gay Marriage Amendment

In case she wasn't clear about her position before, Gov. Susana Martinez, at a news conference this afternoon said she won't push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in New Mexico in the upcoming legislative session.

"I think what I said before was that yes, the people should have decided on it, but the Supreme Court has decided. And it's now the law of the land."

Asked if that meant she wouldn't push for the Legislature to pass a measure like Sen. Bill Sharer's Senate Joint Resolution 6, Martinez said, "It's the law of the land. The Supreme Court has spoken."

On the day of the high court's Dec. 19 decision, Martinez released a statement saying:

"While there will surely be intense debate about this decision moving forward, I encourage New Mexicans to continue to respect one another in their discourse, as this is an important issue for many New Mexicans on both sides. As we move forward, I am hopeful that we will not be divided, as we must come together to tackle very pressing issues, like reforming education and growing our economy, in the weeks and months ahead.”