For the first time in the state’s history, arguments in front of the Supreme Court will be webcast. KOAT will stream the arguments on their website. KUNM will also simulcast the arguments. The arguments are slated to begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday.
There is significant public interest in the case; on a conference call with reporters, same-sex marriage advocates said that there will be enough room for 150 people in person.
The arguments will also be longer than usual. While oral arguments are usually limited to 40 minutes. In this case, there will be two hours worth of arguments.
One hour will be devoted to state statutes related to same-sex marriage and the other on the constitutional question regarding same-sex marriage.
The state Supreme Court will not make a ruling from the bench and it could be several weeks before a decision comes down. In the meantime, eight counties are currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The first county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples was Dona Ana County on August 21.
The first county to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a court ruling was Santa Fe County, two days later.