New Mexico's Marriage Equality Ballot Proposals Pass House Committees
Lawmakers on the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee have approved a resolution that would let voters decide if same-sex marriage should be legal in New Mexico. The 3 to 2 vote broke along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor, Republicans against the proposed constitutional amendment. It's one of several legislative measures aimed at defining marriage, and sponsor Brian Egolf - a Democrat from Santa Fe - says it's a no-brainer: "There's no doubt in my mind that this will happen in New Mexico and this will happen across the country. I just hope that New Mexico is one of the first states to do it and not one of the last. We've seen it in New York and Maine and Minnesota and Washington, Iowa, New Hampshire. The sky's not falling in those states. This isn't the first time the Legislature has taken up a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. In 2007 and '08 similar bills were defeated or saw no action. Also in 2008 a bill defining marriage as between a man and a woman died with no action - it had the same title as the current same-sex House Joint Resolution 3.