UPDATE 8/26/13: GLORIOUS, New Mexico Law “Does not preclude nor prohibit issuance of a marriage license to otherwise qualified couples on the basis of sexual orientation or the gender of its members.”
So says Bernalillo District Court Judge, Alan Malot today, in a ruling which grants the right to obtain a marriage license to ALL couples in New Mexico’s most populated county, following rulings earlier in the month allowing equal rights for same-sex couples in Santa Fe and Doña Ana Counties.
Pre-register your marriage license request for Bernalillo County online here.
Bernalillo County Marriage License information here.
RSVP for a special celebration of “Weddings on the Plaza” here.
Click here for Santa Fe Marriage License Application and Court Oder directing the Santa Fe County Clerk to issue same sex marriage licenses.
Instructions for applying for a Marriage License in Doña Ana County here.
– MARRIAGES MAY BE PERFORMED ANYWHERE IN THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO –
Marriage licenses are valid indefinitely, but must be returned to the County Clerk where it was issued with the proper certification within 90 days of the ceremony. once a ceremony is performed.
If you are a LGBT friendly marriage officiant or other New Mexico wedding resource, please feel free to post your contact information as a comment below for couples who may need your assistance now – thank you.
In the days prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision to strike down DOMA as unconstitutional the New Mexico Senator stated, “Gay and lesbian couples who accept the responsibility of marriage should have all the rights that come with that responsibility. The time for marriage equality is now.”
New Mexico based Artist and Documentary filmmaker Ed Breeding, “offers the world a wonderful and motivational look at the gay journey” in his new film “Strait Line Curve”, which showcases seven successful gay men of the Southwest United States who do not fit the stereotypes often associated with homosexuality.
Breeding says, “Each man has a high profile and is fulfilled, optimistic, inspirational and proud.”
Rev. Canon Albert Ogle of San Diego’s St. Paul’s Cathedral 4 the City tells SDGLN.com that, “The film will go into countries in Africa and to Jamaica, where LGBT people are being persecuted and murdered, and this film is designed to counteract that with love and understanding; inclusion, not exclusion.”
Read an extensive interview with Breeding by San Diego Gay and Lesbian news here.
The 32-minute film is now available on DVD – STRAIGHT LINE CURVE – Seven men of the American Southwest redefining the word gay. A DVD of this 32-minute film can be purchased for $15.00 plus s/h $5.00 in USA by contacting:
It’s a shame when straight people have to sneak around…
“My husband and I were “married” in a ceremony in front of friends and family many years ago.
I never thought we would have to explain that we didn’t want to sign on the dotted line because we believe it simply isn’t fair that not everyone else can. Just like Anderson Cooper shouldn’t have had to say, “The fact is, I’m gay.” The most simple fact is that no one should be discriminated against for being themselves, and having to state that which they are is discrimination in itself. Look at how abhorrently the human race has handled outwardly visible differences. Why demand divisiveness based on any type of orientation? The issue of lifestyle discrimination is no different than if we were homogenous beings, who all looked identical, and only upon declaration of, I’m fat, I’m white, I’m black, I’m old, would we then be assigned the barrage of oppressions and discrimination(s) particular to that declaration.
Even in our own private act of fighting discrimination we have become discriminated against. We are not celebrities or dignitaries who can circumnavigate daily issues with clout or money. We are regular people whose stand for marriage equality was beginning to cost us in a myriad of ways. We were posing as a married couple, a “legitimate” couple, and that came at a price. We have been penalized with a lack of recognition and rights – funny to experience first hand the very injustices we stand against without even utilizing costume or make-up to achieve a ruse.
So I suppose what we are doing now is coming out as a straight, legally married couple. That’s right, the fact is, we’re married.
The legalization of our union is a bittersweet realization. The relief and comfort of “legitimacy”, is only tarnished with the knowledge that others all over the country are simply not allowed to enjoy the same choice, let alone granted the same rights.
Why do we stand for marriage equality? No, our son isn’t gay, we’re not particularly close to a gay couple doing a bang-up job raising orphans, but we do know some run-of-the-mill, yet particularly beloved people who happen to be members of the LGBT community. Why would the belief in basic human rights for all come with any of the preceding requisites anyway? It is more than enough to know right from wrong, to at least know the meaning of the word discrimination, and to not stand for it. Sure, I’ve faced various forms of discrimination throughout my life (my husband not so much, he’s a fit, educated, blue eyed, straight, white man with good credit), and I suppose we can be labeled a bi-racial couple, but moreover we stand for marriage equality because we believe that if and when anyone falls in love, that is all, they are in love. Let it be.” -NewlyWedinNM
Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together. -President Barack Obama in his 2nd Inaugural Address earlier today on this the National Holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In 1962 a group of dedicated civil libertarians came together to form the ACLU of New Mexico to defend and extend our most basic freedoms. Much has changed since then, and the ACLU has been such an important part of our state’s progress.
In honor of their fiftieth year defending freedom in New Mexico, the ACLU has produced the above short film, “Fifty Years Defending Freedom”. In this 17 minute film, you will hear from some of the key people from the organization’s past and present speak about the values that drive the important work of the organization and the historic civil liberties victories they have won over the past half century.
With the help of local supporters, the ACLU has grown from a tiny, all-volunteer organization to the largest, hardest-hitting civil liberties organization in the state. Today, the government knows that if they violate people’s rights, the ACLU WILL hold them accountable to the law.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” -President Barack Obama
Tonight while you’re watching Modern Family, washing down your binge-sized serving of McDonald’s with red wine (oh wait, that’s me), NM’s Own Jessie Tyler Ferguson is in the Q…
As you can see below (depending how far into your box of wine you are), Jesse Tyler is in town to attend a local PFLAG meeting with his dad, aww.
No word yet if JTF will make his way N. to make a showing at tomorrow’s Roundhouse presentation of the Bill to Kill NM Film…I’m sure the Albuquerque Children’s Theater prodigy could lend a lot to what will hopefully be a productive conversation of all the NM Film Industry brings to the state, such as inspiring and affording opportunity to young people who will grow and go out into the world making us all proud to call them New Mexican!
Actor RJ Mitte of the Emmy winning series Breaking Bad took the time to guest w/co-star Steven Michael Quezada on NM’s Own late night TV Talk Show, The After After Party.
At his tender age Mitte is an accomplished man with talent beyond his years who charmed the crowed and the camera with his easy wit and affability. He is certainly a star to watch for all of the above reasons and many more.
Mitte is an active member and spokesperson for the organization I AM PWD, which stands (quite literally) and works for Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People with Disabilities.
From the PMD Fact Sheet:
The U.N. estimates that there are 650 million people in the world living with a disability; the US Census says there are 56 million Americans with disabilities. They remain virtually invisible in media.
With the endorsement of the governing bodies of all three national unions, the I AM PWD Campaign and its growing network of union member activists and partners will focus on several areas throughout the duration of the campaign:
ACCESS, INCLUSION and ACCURACY.
Creating a nationwide network of advocates both inside and outside of the entertainment and media industries.
Work with the AFL-CIO to create a Disability Constituency Group within the federation.
Eliminate the virtual exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities at all levels in the entertainment industry.
Learn more about I AM PWD here and follow Mitte, New Mexico’s Own AMC series Breaking Bad and The After After Party where all of the above are making a difference in bringing work and equality to New Mexico EntertaiNMent & beyond.
Friends of equality and human rights, you deserve to know that your candidates for Governor of New Mexico stand very divided on this as well as most other important issues:
“I have fought to eliminate discrimination of any kind throughout my career and I support the domestic-partnership bill,” – Diane Denish
“I would not sign the domestic partnership bill. It is unnecessary and ill-advised…Rushing this bill through the Legislature demonstrates that the Richardson/Denish administration has its priorities misplaced,”
– Susana Martinez
Above, New Mexico’s Own Jesse Tyler Furgeson (JTF) and his co-star Eric Stonestreet accept the HRC’s National Arts and Culture Award for their Emmy winning series, Modern Family.