LAS CRUCES (KRQE) - Along with the Attorney General and Catholic church, local lawmakers and the governor are also addressing the issue of same-sex marriage.
The big question with same-sex marriage in New Mexico seems to come down to courts versus legislation, and which body will be the first to make a decision.
"The civil rights struggles historically have been struggled out in the courts,” Democratic Representative Antonio Maestas said.
“If you put civil rights issues to a popular vote or a vote in the legislature, many times the status quo prevails.”
Maestas believes same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico because there is nothing in statute to say otherwise.
He says the Dona Ana County clerk made a bold move, one he agrees with. He hopes to see it settled in the courts.
Currently, lawsuits are making their way through both Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties.
Maestas says legislation could work, but believes Gov. Susana Martinez would veto anything that hit her desk.
The governor says same-sex marriage is an issue that should be left to voters, not up to individual counties to rule as they see fit.
Martinez expects lawmakers to discuss the issue during the next legislative session.
At the end of the day, she says she's sticking to her beliefs.
“I’ve always been really clear on where I stand in reference marriage,” Martinez said. “It is between a man and a woman.”
KRQE News 13 reached out to the Bernalillo County clerk to see what she would do in light of all of this. In a statement, she says her office is reviewing procedures, but at this time will continue to not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
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