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New Mexico GOP Governor Susana Martinez Won’t Fight Same Sex Marriage

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At a news conference Monday New Mexico’s Republican Gov. Susana Martinez says that her state’s Supreme Court has spoken and that she will not back the campaign to overturn same-sex marriage.

Martinez said several times last summer — when several county clerks across the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — that she believed state voters should decide the issue by way of a ballot question on whether to amend the state constitution. “I think what I said before was that yes, the people should have decided on it, but the Supreme Court has decided,” the governor said Monday when asked by a reporter about the issue. “And it’s now the law of the land.” Asked whether that meant she wouldn’t push for the Legislature to pass a measure like Sen. Bill Sharer’s Senate Joint Resolution 6, Martinez responded, “It’s the law of the land. The Supreme Court has spoken.” Sharer’s measure would put on the general election ballot a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Proposed amendments to the constitution aren’t subject to a governor’s veto.

And while Martinez won’t back the  campaign to overturn the ruling be damn sure that other groups will move forward with it.

Haters got to hate.


Will Kohler

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