Who's Next? The Marriage Equality Waiting Room

Which states will be the next to institute marriage equality — and just how will it happen?



20. New Mexico, -2.016

At this point, New Mexico is the only state lacking both a law providing relationship recognition (like civil unions or domestic partnerships) and a statewide ban on same-sex marriage. This prompted Santa Fe's city council to urge the state attorney general to determine whether county clerks could just start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. While that is being evaluated, marriage litigation was filed in March. "I think the New Mexico constitution is very protective of civil rights," Esseks says.