Lambda Legal Hails New Mexico Ruling in Favor of Marriage Equality

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December 19, 2013
Camilla Taylor, Lambda Legal Marriage Project Director

The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled today that denying same-sex couples the ability to marry violates the Equal Protection Clause of the New Mexico constitution. 

The ruling came in Greigo v. Oliver, a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of New Mexico and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

This ruling brings to 17 the number of states where same-sex couples can marry, along with the District of Columbia, and we congratulate our colleagues at the ACLU and NCLR on this wonderful victory. This beautiful unanimous decision explicitly underscores the argument we and our sister organizations have long made: denying same-sex couples the ability to marry imposes significant emotional and dignitary harm and is discrimination, pure and simple.

It was also wonderful to read this decision and see the multiple references to the hard-fought victories the LGBT rights movement has won over the years — including our recent victory in New Jersey. This is proof-positive that each victory takes us closer to the ultimate goal of full equality for all across the country.