One of those was a joint memorial that would have allowed voters to decide if same-sex marriage should be codified in the state constitution. Garcia was one of two Democrats to vote along with the Republican Party against the measure.
Her comments to KRQE are raising eyebrows.
“These people, gays, already have the option to be in a relationship, but I do not believe in marriage,” Garcia told KRQE.
The progressive group ProgressNow New Mexico has sent an email to supporters highlighting Garcia’s remarks.
Garcia’s position is at odds with her own party chairman.
“The Democratic Party of New Mexico has long advocated for full marriage equality in New Mexico and will remain steadfast in our belief as we move forward and we fervently hope our elected officials recognize the struggle for equality is at a cross-roads in America and New Mexico has chosen the wrong path,” Javier Gonzalez said in a statement to the press following the vote.
The Democratic Party of New Mexico has a plank in its platform that says it will “Protect constitutional rights and civil liberties by actively advocating for and supporting marriage equality and domestic partnerships with full spousal rights including community property and healthcare decision-makingactively advocating for and supporting marriage equality and domestic partnerships with full spousal rights including community property and healthcare decision-making.”
While there has not been recent polling, a 2011 poll from Public Policy Polling found a slight plurality of New Mexico voters supported gay marriage.