Thanks to some brave county clerks who after realizing that New Mexico’s marriage laws aren’t gender specific Jen Roper, a terminally inn women whose struggles with cancer may soon be coming to an end, married her wife, Angelique Neuman, in a small ceremony close to the hospital after 21 years.
“I cried a lot,” Jen Roper told local news station KOAT. “But I was so privileged at being able to be officially and completely recognized as her wife … I feel extremely privileged over the support that we’re getting.”
The couple had filed an emergency lawsuit with the help of the ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Sutin Law Firm, and Albuquerque attorneys Maureen Sanders, Kate Girard, and Lynn Perls before county clerks in Dona Ana country began issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.
Said Jen Nueman: “Even when I was a little kid, I always dreamed of growing up and getting married … I knew Jen was the one almost as soon as we met, and I don’t want to lose the opportunity to marry her. It is very important to us that our relationship is recognized as what it is: a marriage.”
The happy couple had adopted and raised three boys during their 21 years together.
Congratulations to Jen and Angelique!
And THANK YOU to the New Mexico County Clerks and Judges who helped make their dream and many others possible in the name of equality.