King disagrees with governor on same-sex marriage

September 20, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Gary King is taking issue with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s suggestion that voters should decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico.

King, who’s running for [auth] governor against Martinez next year, said Friday the best approach is for the state Supreme Court to resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state. He said it’s a civil right issue.

The high court has a hearing scheduled next month to consider whether a district court judge in Albuquerque correctly ruled that it’s unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Martinez has said she believes marriage should be between a man and woman, but that voters should make the decision on gay marriage through a constitutional amendment that would appear on the ballot.

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