New Mexico
News from within the borders of New Mexico and the fight for LGBT equality there. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in New Mexico, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. Learn about individuals—activists, politicians, and allies—who have helped us make strides toward equality. We also cover the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explore how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.
Mom Accused of Sexually Assaulting Daughter for Being Gay
July 18 2014 2:38 PM ET

Mom Accused of Sexually Assaulting Lesbian Daughter

Sunnivie Brydum

Police say a Las Cruces, N.M., woman beat and sexually assaulted her daughter in an effort to stop her from being a lesbian.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Photog's 'Freedom to Discriminate' Case
April 07 2014 2:42 PM ET

Supremes Won't Hear Antigay Photographer's Case

Trudy Ring

The court declined to consider the case of a photography business that claimed its refusal to serve a same-sex wedding was not discrimination but a legal exercise of religious freedom.

Santa Fe Selects Its First Gay Mayor, Javier Gonzales
March 05 2014 2:13 PM ET

Meet Santa Fe's First Openly Gay Mayor

Michelle Garcia

Javier Gonzales was elected mayor of Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday night.

New Mexico Clerk Who Launched Marriage Equality Donates Leftover Funds
January 12 2014 2:16 PM ET

New Mexico Clerk Who Launched Marriage Equality Donates Leftover Funds

Sunnivie Brydum

Doña Ana county clerk Lynn Ellins issued the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the state last August, and is now donating to a statewide marriage equality organization the leftover funds he raised to help pay his legal fees.

N.M. Gov. Won't Push Anti–Marriage Equality Measure
January 07 2014 7:17 PM ET

N.M. Gov. Won't Push Anti–Marriage Equality Measure

Trudy Ring

Marriage equality is 'now the law of the land,' says Gov. Susana Martinez, who earlier had advocated a popular vote on the matter.

N.M. County Officials Resign Over Marriage Equality
December 20 2013 3:14 PM ET

N.M. County Officials Resign Over Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

The clerk of Roosevelt County and her chief deputy have declined to handle marriage licenses for gay couples.

BREAKING: New Mexico Supreme Court Declares Statewide Marriage Equality
December 19 2013 1:41 PM ET

Marriage Equality in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment

Sunnivie Brydum

New Mexico becomes the 17th state to enact marriage equality, with a unanimous decision by the state's highest court.

Marriage Equality Good for New Mexico Kids, Experts Say
December 10 2013 2:27 PM ET

Marriage Equality Good for New Mexico Kids, Experts Say

Alex J Davidson

The New Mexico Pediatric Society, the New Mexico Psychological Association, and the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Social Workers all came forward for marriage equality as the state awaits a court decision.

Same-Sex Marriage in New Mexico Would Benefit Thousands of Families
November 18 2013 1:30 PM ET

Same-Sex Marriage in New Mexico Would Benefit Thousands of Families

Alex J Davidson

More than 1,030 same-sex couples are raising 2,000 children in the state but not allowed to access marriage benefits, according to the Williams Institute.

WATCH: Highlights From New Mexico's Marriage Equality Hearing
October 24 2013 12:04 PM ET

WATCH: Highlights From New Mexico's Marriage Equality Hearing

Sunnivie Brydum

The New Mexico Supreme Court heard hourlong arguments Wednesday from both supporters and opponents of marriage equality.

Watch As New Mexico Supreme Court Considers Marriage Equality
October 23 2013 10:29 AM ET

New Mexico Supreme Court Considers Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

The state's highest court is hearing opening arguments in a case set to determine whether or not New Mexico's constitution allows for marriage equality today.

LGBT Advocates File Briefs for New Mexico Marriage Equality
September 23 2013 6:10 PM ET

LGBT Advocates File Briefs for New Mexico Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

The ACLU and NCLR filed legal briefs urging the New Mexico Supreme Court to declare marriage equality the law of the land.

Op-ed: How I Married 110 Same-Sex Couples
September 17 2013 4:05 AM ET

Op-ed: How I Married 110 Same-Sex Couples

Marilee Harrison

One secular celebrant's path to marrying more than 100 same-sex couples in New Mexico.

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