Gov Martinez blows off anti-gay amendment idea

Timothy Kincaid

December 20th, 2013

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, a Republican, stayed mostly out of the court battle over marriage. She has not been an ally by any means and has made statements about how “the people should vote”. But her advocacy for “traditional marriage” has been minimal and she’s mostly been invisible on the issue.

Mostly, she’s been ambivalent on same-sex couples. Earlier this year she let a bill die (a pocket veto) that would have added “domestic partner” to an occupational licensing bill for veterans, but said that she would have signed it had it included the federal definition of the term.

In that wake of the marriage decision, a handful of conservative GOP members are making noise about amending the constitution. But it seems Martinez wants no part of the divisiveness that such efforts create. (Fox)

Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican and who has opposed same-sex marriage, said she would have preferred voters deciding the issue rather than the courts. But she urged New Mexicans to “respect one another in their discourse” and turn their focus onto other issues facing the state.

“As we move forward, I am hopeful that we will not be divided, as we must come together to tackle very pressing issues, like reforming education and growing our economy, in the weeks and months ahead,” Martinez said.

TampaZeke

December 20th, 2013

What’s the process for amending the NM constitution?

Hunter

December 21st, 2013

TampaZeke —

It doesn’t matter — the NM Supreme Court decision makes it quite clear that an amendment to the NM constitution banning same-sex marriage would be in violation of the federal Constitution. The justices cited Barnette to the effect that fundamental rights, such as marriage, are not subject to a vote.

The GOP in the NM legislature can posture all they want, but a constitutional amendment isn’t going anywhere.

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