Attorney General Gary King issued a statement saying that the rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court would not have an immediate effect on New Mexico.
“Although the rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court are a step toward equal protection and the expansion of civil rights for same sex couples, the decisions do not have an immediate impact on New Mexico law,” King said. “However, as I previously stated, New Mexico statutes that preclude same-sex couples from marrying are still vulnerable to challenge under the equal protection guarantees of the federal and state constitutions.”
King continues to support same-sex marriage personally, but says it will be up to the courts to decide whether or not to institute same-sex marriage in the state.
King is running for governor in 2014.
“I continue to believe that New Mexico courts will be instrumental in providing needed clarity,” King continued.”Additionally, I think the language in today’s DOMA/Windsor ruling should be quite helpful to our courts in determining the constitutionality of New Mexico’s statutes that prevent same sex marriage. It is important to remember that, in a previous opinion, we determined that New Mexico same sex couples who were legally married in other states have the same state rights as opposite sex married couples in our state.”
New Mexico does not directly addresses same-sex marriage one way or another in law.