We celebrate many victories for marriage equality this year. Currently, there are still 32 states that ban same-sex marriage, including our own Pennsylvania. There is still work to be done. As this year comes to a close and we celebrate marriage equality victories throughout the US, we look forward to more victories in 2014, celebrating the right to marry.
New Mexico became the 17th state last week to allow same-sex marriage through New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruling:
The court said in an unanimous decision that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
“We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage under New Mexico law,” Justice Edward L. Chavez wrote in the decision.Many counties in New Mexico had already been issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, setting up the state Supreme Court to decide whether it was legal or not. The state didn’t explicitly ban or allow same-sex marriage, leaving the issue in limbo.
New Mexico becomes the 17th state to legalize gay marriage (map here) and the first in the American Southwest. Illinois and Hawaii did the same last month. Gay marriage is also legal in the District of Columbia.
Utah became the 18th state to legalize same-sex marriage. The ban on same-sex marriage was rightfully deemed unconstitutional.
“We knew it was just something we had to do,” Mr. Gomez said. “This is my home, and I never thought I’d be able to get married here. I feel like a real person.”