NM attorney general: Same-sex marriage is about civil rights

Posted at: 09/20/2013 2:19 PM
By: The Associated Press



SANTA FE (AP) - Democratic Attorney General Gary King is taking issue with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's suggestion that voters should decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
 
King, who's running for governor against Martinez next year, said Friday the best approach is for the state Supreme Court to resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state. He said it's a civil right issue.
 
The high court has a hearing scheduled next month to consider whether a district court judge in Albuquerque correctly ruled that it's unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
 
Martinez has said she believes marriage should be between a man and woman, but that voters should make the decision on gay marriage through a constitutional amendment that would appear on the ballot.
 
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