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Republican reaction to gay marriage ruling (Listen again)
(2010-08-10)
(KSFR) -
The decision by a district court judge in Santa Fe will probably make for heated campaign rhetoric this fall in New Mexico. And it will likely create a stir when state lawmakers meet early next year.
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The judge ruled that the marriage between two Santa Fe women was legal, after all. It followed the issuance of a number of marriage licenses to same sex couples in 2004. That took place in Sandoval County until the attorney general issued an opinion saying it wasn't allowed by law. The judge took that into account but discounted the claim that the marriage between the two women wasn't valid, just because of that opinion by the attorney general. The judge says there's nothing in state law defining a marriage as anything other than a civil union. The judge said the law is neutral on who may marry whom.

Republican State Sen. William Sharer of Farmibng has been an avid opponent of gay marriage, even domestic partnerships. He gave KSFR his reaction to the ruling.

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