Santa Fe, NM (KDBC) — More than 200 citizens attended a session at City Hall Wednesday night in Santa Fe to hear city councilors vote and discuss a marriage equality resolution recognizing same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico. The contentious same-sex resolution passed with a vote of 5-1 with two abstentions.
The resolution asserts that New Mexico's marriage statute language is gender-neutral and thus same-sex marriage is legal, allowing county clerks to issue licenses. It also calls on the New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to issue an opinion regarding marriage licenses for same-sex couples. Although the city does not have authority over county clerks, the resolution is intended to make the city's position known and advance the movement for marriage equality in New Mexico.
“I am so proud of the council’s decision to support the freedom to marry the person you love,” said Mayor David Coss.
“Over my many years of public service, I have always acted on the firm belief that everyone should be treated with fairness, dignity, respect, and be afforded the same opportunities to pursue personal happiness,” said Councilor Patti Bushee, a co-sponsor of the resolution. “Santa Fe has a rich tradition of diversity, equality, and acceptance. The passage of this resolution in support of the freedom to marry for all New Mexicans is in keeping with that rich tradition.”
“I am voting against fear and prejudice and for equality, inclusiveness and most of all love,” said Councilor Chris Calvert, a co-sponsor of the resolution.
“I was brought up by loving parents and loving grandparents not to hate,” said Councilor Ron Trujillo, a co-sponsor of the resolution.