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New Mexico’s supreme court to hold hearing on same-sex marriage

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New Mexico Supreme Court building. Attribution: Wikimedia Commons
New Mexico Supreme Court building. Attribution: Wikimedia Commons
On October 23, the New Mexico supreme court will hear oral arguments in a case that will clarify state law regarding the legality of same-sex marriages. The court ordered the hearing today, after several county clerks asked for guidance on the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle, has more:

The high court could issue a decision immediately after hearing arguments from lawyers in the case or it could take longer to make a ruling.

The justices asked parties in the case to submit written arguments by Sept. 23.

Unlike a district court ruling, a decision by the state Supreme Court will establish a statewide legal precedent.

New Mexico law doesn’t explicitly authorize or prohibit gay marriage. However, current and previous state attorney generals have said the law in effect bans same-sex marriage because state statutes contain a marriage license application with sections for male and female applications and other references to “husband” and “wife.”

Over the past few weeks, eight counties have begun allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for this filing

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