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New Mexico Democrats kill anti-gay marriage bills

Timothy Kincaid

February 18th, 2011

From the Las Cruses Sun News

The House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee essentially killed two proposed constitutional amendments that would define marriage, for legal purposes as being between a man and a woman.

House Joint Resolution 7, sponsored by Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, would have made gay marriage unconstitutional if approved by the Legislature and by voters in the 2012 general election.

HJR8, sponsored by Rep. David Chavez, R-Los Lunas, also would seek to amend the Constitution to prevent New Mexico from recognizing otherwise legal out-of-state marriages between persons of the same sex. Earlier this year, state Attorney General Gary King said New Mexico should recognize such marriages, even though they legally can’t be performed in this state.

The committee also tabled House Bill 162, also sponsored by Chavez, which would bar the state from recognizing same-sex marriages from out of state.

All three measures were tabled on a 3-2 party-line vote.

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