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12:59 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

King: NM Supreme Court Should Decide Marriage Equality Issue

Democratic Attorney General Gary King is taking issue with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's suggestion that voters should decide whether to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in New Mexico.  King, who's running for governor against Martinez next year, said Friday the best approach is for the state Supreme Court to resolve whether marriage equality is legal in the state. He said it's a civil right issue.

The high court has a hearing scheduled next month to consider whether a district court judge in Albuquerque correctly ruled that it's unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Martinez has said she believes marriage should be between a man and woman, but that voters should make the decision on marriage through a constitutional amendment that would appear on the ballot.

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