Friday, February 20, 2004

Onward to New Mexico!

Sounds like it's already legal there. Who knew?

Bernalillo, New Mexico-AP -- A county clerk in New Mexico says it has nothing to do with "politics or morals."

Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap says the county plans to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

She made the decision after asking for an opinion from the county attorney, who said New Mexico law isn't clear on the issue. He also says refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples could open the county to legal action.

State law defines marriage as a civil contract between contracting parties. It doesn't mention gender.

(thanks to emjaycue)

...looking through New Mexico law that seems to be the case. Not only that, but they have to honor any marriage performed in a different country!

40-1-4. [Lawful marriages without the state recognized.]
Statute text
All marriages celebrated beyond the limits of this state, which are valid according to the laws of the country wherein they were celebrated or contracted, shall be likewise valid in this state, and shall have the same force as if they had been celebrated in accordance with the laws in force in this state.

...and they're off! Congratulations!

...this writer in the NY Daily News also claims that New York's marriage laws are also gender neutral.