Movement toward same-sex marriage (SSM), LGBT equality etc.
2013-AUG: Accelerating steps towards
marriage (SSM), LGBT equality etc.
We use the acronym "SSM" throughout this section to represent "same-sex marriage"
We use the acronym "LGBT" to refer to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons
and transsexuals. The acronym "LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.
See also the previous essay describing events during 2013-JUL
An Auckland couple, Tash Vitali and Melissa Ray, were among the first same-sex couples to marry. They had won a radio station's all-expenses paid ceremony.
Rev. Matt Tittle said:
About a thousand same-sex couples living in Australia plan to fly to New Zealand to marry. Their marriage will not be recognized when they return home to Australia, where SSM is being actively discussed. 3
- Second half of 2013-AUG: NM: An amazing series of events occurred in rapid succession:
- The New Mexico Supreme Court had been asked by the ACLU-NM to rule on whether same-sex couples should have access to marriage. They declined to rule, but did ask that an existing case be expedited by a District Court.
- Lynn Ellins, the County Clerk of Dona Ana County decided to began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Attorney General Gary King said that he had no plans to challenge the move by Ellins or by another other county clerks who might issue licenses to same-sex couples. He said that:
"We feel like our position that the law is unconstitutional presents a barrier to us from bringing any action."
- The ACLU in New Mexico filed an emergency request with a state District Court to allow a lesbian couple, Jen Roper and Angelique Neuman to marry. Jen Roper is suffering from terminally brain cancer and is not expected to live much longer. They are worried about the lack of family protections after Jen's death if they are unable to marry.
- A District Court ordered Geraldine Salazar, the Santa Fe County clerk, to issue a marriage licenses to both opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
- The New Mexico Supreme Court issued a ruling that found a co-owner of Elane Photography guilty of violating the state's human rights laws when she refused to photograph the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple in 2006.
- Another District Court ordered the Bernalillo County Clerk, to issue a marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- County clerks in San Miguel County and Valencia County have started issuing licenses for same-sex marriages.
- A third District Court ordered the clerk for Taos County to issue licenses for same-sex marriages.
- By AUG-30, seven counties were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. About 60% of New Mexico residents could pick up licenses at within their local county. Three county clerks made this decision on their own. In four other counties four separate state District Courts ordered them to do so. An appeal to the New Mexico Supreme Court was being prepared.
- On AUG-31, a group of Republican state legislators filed a lawsuit to try to block same-sex marriage in Dona Ana county. It might ultimately provide a second path to the New Mexico Supreme Court who is expected to make a final decision that will apply state-wide.
We have never seen so many significant developments in any other state over just a two week interval. More details.
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
- Ben Brumfield, "Midnight vows: Same-sex couples ring in new lives as law takes effect," CNN, 2013-AUG-01, at: http://www.cnn.com/
- "First gay couple registers to wed in Uruguay," 2013-AUG-05, at: http://voiceofrussia.com/
- "New Zealand gay couples hold first weddings," BBC/Asia, 2013-AUG-19, at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
- Robert Barnes, "Ginsburg will be first justice to officiate at same-sex wedding," Washington Post, 2013-AUG-30, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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Copyright © 2013 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.
First posted: 2013-AUG-02
Latest update: 2013-AUG-31
Author: B.A. Robinson