Governor still opposed to same-sex marriage

Posted at: 03/26/2013 6:19 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: Susana Martinez
Photo: Susana Martinez

While the U.S. Supreme Court mulls over California’s same-sex marriage law, New Mexico remains a state that does not allow or recognize those marriages.

Same-sex marriage legislation died in the recent session of the state legislature, and supporters vow they’ll be back next year, but opposition remains strong.

While polls show many Americans have changed their minds on gay marriage in recent years, there’s one New Mexico opponent who remains in a very powerful position – and she hasn’t changed her mind one bit.

Gov. Susana Martinez campaigned as a backer of traditional marriage, and she’s still that way today.

“I am absolutely honest with the people that elected me and where I stood before is where I stand today,” Martinez said Tuesday. “I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. That is my belief, my background, my religious background, and that is where I continue to stand.”

During the 60 day legislative session New Mexicans on both sides of the issue jammed the committee rooms at the State Capitol, hoping to testify. The legislation died in committee before the end of the session.

“Folks are already organizing,” same-sex marriage supporter Pat Davis told us moments after the bill was tabled in late February. “When they left the committee room they were already passing petitions, passing clipboards, getting names of people to start again effectively right here this afternoon.”

Even if the legislature does pass same-sex marriage, the governor retains veto power. Martinez said she is closely following what the Supreme Court does in the California case to see what impact it will have on New Mexico.