NM GOP Senator Attempts to Bring Down State’s Marriage Equality Bill
A Republican state Senator from New Mexico has introduced a bill to ban same-sex marriage in the state, which was just legalized on Thursday by the New Mexico Supreme Court, the New Mexico Telegram reports.
Sen. Bill Sharer (from Farmington, NM) planned to introduce the amendment, which would ban same-sex couples from marrying, on Thursday but will now rework the bill’s language to address points made by the state Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.
Sharer called the court’s ruling "disappointing," adding that his amendment "needs to be written in such a way that the Supreme Court can’t jeopardize the will of the people. Clearly, we need to change our state constitution to define marriage."
"Opponents to a state constitutional amendment fear the citizens of New Mexico and have denied the citizens of even having a voice in this great cultural debate of the day, in the debate over same-sex marriage," Sharer said in a statement, according to the New Mexico Telegram.
In the court’s ruling, the justices stated that the ability to procreate should not factor into the rights of couples who want to tie the knot. Sharer disagrees, however, arguing that same-sex couples shouldn’t get married because they cannot have children.