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New Mexico supreme court legalizes same-sex marriage

In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, portraying Santa Claus, reads a story to children in Atlanta. "Kids don't see color. They see a fat guy in a red suit giving toys," says Sinclair, 50. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

In this Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Dee Sinclair, portraying Santa Claus, reads a story to children in Atlanta. "Kids don't see color. They see a fat guy in a red suit giving toys," says Sinclair, 50. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

New Mexico

State’s supreme court legalizes gay marriage

New Mexico, the only state without a law allowing or banning gay marriage, was barred by its supreme court from denying same-sex couples the right to marry.

New Mexico’s high court issued its decision yesterday in response to a request by county clerks to clarify their obligations after a judge in August ordered the clerks of Bernalillo County and Santa Fe County to issue marriage licenses to couples without regard to their gender or sexual orientation.

Prohibiting same-gender marriages is “not substantially related to the governmental interests advanced by the parties opposing same-gender marriage,” according to yesterday’s ruling. The five justices said in their unanimous opinion that barring individuals from marrying violates the equal protection clause of the New Mexico Constitution.

Bloomberg News

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