King: Other States' Same Sex Marriages Likely Legal In New Mexico

New Mexico – Attorney General Gary King says out-of-state same-sex marriages likely will be valid in New Mexico.

King reached that conclusion in a nonbinding legal opinion issued Tuesday, but cautioned there's no way to predict how New Mexico courts would rule on the same-sex marriage question.

The Democratic attorney general said 40 states prohibit the recognition of same-sex marriages but not New Mexico.

He said there's a legal doctrine in New Mexico that considers an out-of-state marriage valid unless it's contrary to a strong public policy.

Former Attorney General Patricia Madrid issued an advisory letter in 2004 that New Mexico law limits marriage to a man and a woman.

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