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AG: Marriage recognized in New Mexico

Timothy Kincaid

January 5th, 2011

There are a small handful of states in which there is some question as to whether same-sex marriages conducted where legal are recognized within the state. The Attorney General of New Mexico has now issued an opinion that New Mexico law affords such recognition.

QUESTION:

Are same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions valid in New Mexico?

CONCLUSION:

While we cannot predict how a New Mexico court would rule on this issue, after review of the law in this area, it is our opinion that a same-sex marriage that is valid under the laws of the country or state where it was consummated would likewise be found valid in New Mexico.

AG Gary King was elected in 2006, and won reelection in November. He is the son of Bruce King, who served three non-consecutive terms as Governor of the state, and served 12 years in the NM House of Representatives.

It will remain to be seen what the outcome will be should any same-sex New Mexican couple challenge the state for recognition, but for now we will move New Mexico into the column of “marriages recognized here.”

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Lindoro Almaviva
January 5th, 2011 | LINK

only to be moved to the “pundits are foaming at the mouth and gathering signatures to ensure discrimination remains an American value” column in a month or 2.

Richard W. Fitch
January 5th, 2011 | LINK

Just exactly how does the AG define “consummated”?

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