#17 - New Mexico Closes Out A Transformative Year on Marriage!

The New Mexico Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry. The case that got us here (brought by the ACLU and the National Center for Lesbian Rights), involved six plaintiff couples, including Jen Roper and Angelique Neuman. The lawsuit allowed Jen and Angelique to get married last August, just a few months before Jen died of a brain tumor, and I have no doubt that Jen and Angelique's story helped the court see the humanity of gay people and the principles of fairness enshrined in the state constitution.

With this ruling, the marriage stats for 2013 are simply mind-blowing:

  • On January 1, 2013, we had nine states plus DC with the freedom to marry. Now it's 17 plus DC.
  • Fifteen percent of the US population lived in a marriage equality state last January. Now we're up to 38 percent.
  • Public opinion polls now consistently show 55 percent or higher support nationwide for marriage for same-sex couples.

The ACLU helped create this progress by leading or assisting in legislative campaigns with our coalition partners in Hawaii, Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota. And by helping win court rulings covering New Jersey, New Mexico, and California. And we got rid of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in Edie Windsor's case.

We will continue to drive this critical momentum forward, but we're pushing into tough battles at the ballot box and in federal courts. We've got plans on both fronts.

In Oregon we're part of a campaign to put the marriage issue to a vote of the people in November 2014. After that we'll be focused on 2016, and we're working to get on the ballot in Nevada and are exploring ballot campaigns in several other states with our state and national partners. On the litigation front, we have federal court marriage cases pending in Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Oregon.

The goal is to ensure that, by the time the United States Supreme Court gets the marriage issue again, it looks out from the bench and sees a country that's ready for the freedom to marry. 2013 has gotten us so much closer to that point!

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Anonymous

So government recognition of gay marriages is infinitely more important than citizens being locked up for having consensual sex or just for downloading pictures?

Anonymous

i hope texas never allows gay marriage

Anonymous

Gays were not born that way. They were born with a choice to be that way the same way a person is born with a choice to be a thief, dope addict, child molester or any other person that wants to do away with any morality and common sense of the way that people should live in a society. Gays and lesbians are not normal, they are abnormal and before they shove this down the peoples throat needs to be voted on by the people of the U.S. and not by stupid justices that are being influenced by illegal methods of making immoral decisions lawful. The same goes for idiots trying to make pot and drugs legal for recreational use. God will sort it out and but all I can do is pray for those people that are letting this sickness affecting them to make the choice to overcome it. They certainly were not born that way------

Anonymous

Gays were not born that way they were born with a choice to be immoral and be that way. A person that was born without hearing or one that is blind or a child with downs syndrome where born that way but a gay or lesbian made a choice to become immoral and be that way. God will sort them out all I can do is pray for them and pray that he will be merciful to them and not suffer the judgment that he delivered to Sodom and Gomorah. That being said the whole issue should be put to a vote by the people of the U.S. and not by judges, senators, legislators or diplomats for they can all be influenced but not the majority.

Anonymous

Dear Jan 11th, 2014 at 4:21pm, you are as hateful as you are ignorant.

I imagine you are straight.

Can you tell us at what point in your life you decided to become straight?

Anonymous

Dear Dec 23rd, 2013 at 1:17am, it's not looking good for you.

Pretty much a gay-marriage ban has been challenged in court, it has been found unconstitutional.

Perhaps you should move to some other lands that are less gay-friendly, like Iran or Nigeria.

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