ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - One of the most controversial issues in New Mexico could be headed for a public vote.
Democratic representative Brian Egolf of Santa Fe is proposing a constitutional amendment to officially recognize same sex marriages.
Attempts in the legislature to recognize civil unions or domestic partnerships have failed.
So, he's going in a different direction.
"This is the first, at least to my knowledge, where we've gone very straightforward, very simply, for a statement of marriage equality," Egolf said.
If the legislature approves a constitutional amendment it goes directly to a public vote.
Egolff's proposal exempts churches from performing same sex marriages if they conflict with religious beliefs.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.