A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of two same-sex couples in New Mexico seeking marriage equality in that state. The filings by the ACLU, ACLU of New Mexico, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Sutin, Thayer & Brown, an Albuquerque law firm, asserts that, because the New Mexico Constitution and New Mexico marriage laws do not prohibit same-sex marriage, New Mexico already has same-sex marriage and should start issuing civil licenses to same-sex couples.
EQNM Executive Director Amber Royster stated that “Equality New Mexico has tirelessly advocated for LGBT New Mexicans for over two decades as New Mexico’s leading statewide LGBT advocacy and education organization. Over the past several years, we have devoted the majority of ourattention and resources toward winning the freedom to marry in New Mexico, and we areconfident this litigation effort signals that soon all couples will be able to marry in the Land of Enchantment.”
The couples are Miriam Rand, 63 and Ona Porter, 66 of Albuquerque, and Rose Griego, 46, and Kim Kiel, 44, of Santa Fe. Others are expected to join the suit. Rand stated that “Ona and I have been together for over 25 years. Together, we raised children, we took care of our mothers when they were dying and are currently raising our granddaughter. We are family; we love and care for one another through good times and bad. We want our community to recognize our love and commitment for what it is: a marriage.”
Griego stated that “Marriage matters. Kim and I have already made a lifelong commitment to one another, but marriage says ‘family’ in a way that no other word can. It’s important to us that the State of New Mexico —our home, the place where we live, work and raised our family —
recognizes and respects our relationship.”
Royster also stated that “This is the culmination of years of dedicated and challenging work within EQNM and the LGBTQ community. We’ve had victories and we’ve had losses — but none of those change the fact that WE ARE HERE TODAY, and we have officially launched what will be the defining effort to ensure that ALL New Mexicans are free to marry the person they love.”