Upcoming NM Supreme Court decision could change fate of same sex couples

Posted at: 10/20/2013 9:39 PM
Updated at: 10/21/2013 8:32 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For thousands of New Mexicans, the right to marry hangs in the balance.

This week, that could change as the New Mexico State Supreme Court decides whether to allow or ban same sex marriage statewide.

Tanya Struble and Therese Councilor are one of the plaintiff couples in the case being heard.

In August, they won a district court suit and got a marriage license. This weekend, they said their vows.

After 23 years together, it was a long-awaited wedding.

“This hasn't been available to us in a meaningful way until recently,” Struble said. “After we were involved with the lawsuit for equal marriage in New Mexico it became more and more important to have a day like this.”

The courtroom battle hardly crossed their minds during their wedding.

“My mind was on Tanya,” Councilor said.

“My mind was on Therese,” Struble said.

But because of the fight, their union is now legal and their love more open.

They say no matter what happens – they are together. They had their special day.

But they hope the court will uphold their license and destroy the limits they faced, so future generations of couples who love each other won’t have any doubts over whether they can marry.