NM Supreme Court declines to consider same-sex marriage case

Posted at: 08/16/2013 2:41 PM
Updated at: 08/16/2013 2:48 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

On Friday, the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to immediately consider the issue of whether the state must extend the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.

However, the court held that these couples have the right to "expedited review" of their district court case.

"While we would have liked for the court to hear this issue immediately, we are encouraged that the court recognizes that this is an important case that should be decided promptly," said Laura Schauer Ives, ACLU of New Mexico legal director. "We look forward to moving this case through the courts as quickly as possible."

New Mexico does not have a law about same-sex marriage, but a gay couple in Santa Fe was denied a marriage license earlier this year because the application asks for male and female applicants.

Santa Fe County passed a resolution at the end of July urging the state legislature to make changes to specifically allow same-sex marriage in New Mexico.