Judge to rule whether or not NM recognizes same-sex marriages

Posted at: 08/26/2013 7:14 AM
Updated at: 08/26/2013 7:23 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Bernalillo County clerk has printed more than a thousand marriage licenses. This, in case a judge rules Monday that the state of New Mexico recognizes same-sex marriages.

If New Mexico recognizes the marriages of same-sex couples, the state would have to extend the same benefits as heterosexual married couples.

On Monday afternoon, a judge is expected to rule if the state recognizes the marriage of Angelique Neuman and Jen Roper. KOB Eyewitness News 4 brought you their story last week. They were married Friday in Santa Fe County.

Jen has life-threatening brain cancer and wanted to make sure her partner, Angelique, and their three children had benefits if she were to pass away.

KOB spoke to their attorney, Maureen Sanders, who said Monday is a big day for them.

"It's very critically important. That piece of people reflects the contract that the state has made as a result of that marriage, and if two people are married, there are lots of benefits and status that occur as a result of that marriage," Sanders said.

If the judge recognizes their marriage, advocates hope that means all of the other same-sex marriages in New Mexico will be valid as well.

The court hearing is Monday at 3 p.m.