Santa Fe introduces same-sex marriage resolution

Posted at: 03/27/2013 10:42 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Will New Mexico be the next state where same sex couples can marry?  It is a question thousands hope will soon be answered.

Wednesday night, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss introduced a resolution saying same-sex marriage marriage is legal in this state.

Richard Peters considers himself one of the lucky ones, someone who has something some people only dream of: the love of his life.

"This is the man that I've been in love with and together with for 12 years," Peters said, with his partner standing beside him.  "He's the man I go to bed with every night and wake up with every morning, and I don't have the right to call him my husband?  I think that's sad."

Peters gathered with a crowd outside Santa Fe City Hall in support of a resolution introduced by Mayor David Coss.

"Why should any of us in New Mexico have to travel out of state to exercise our civil rights," Coss asked, on his way into council chambers.

The resolution recognizes same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico and encourages New Mexico county clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

"That we're still having civil rights battles in this day and age is definitely ridiculous," Krista Talley, who was among dozens who patiently stood in line, waiting to share personal stories with councilors, said.

But not everyone in attendance was on-board with recognizing marriage as the term for any two people in love.

"Take a different name; let them vote on a different name and if they can't accept that, that's not honest on their part," Amado Gutierrez said.

Peters said he is not losing hope.

"We shouldn't have to move," Peters said.  "This is where I want to live.  I want to live with him, here in New Mexico."

The resolution alone does not have a lot of teeth, but supporters are hoping it will encourage the Attorney General to issue an opinion on whether marriage licenses can be issued to same-sex couples.