Friday, December 20, 2013

Welcome to Equality New Mexico & Utah

Sorry, no Utah Magnet Yet

Talk about two wonderful early Christmas presents.  Yesterday New Mexico's Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to deny same sex couples the right to be married.  Judge Edward Chavez wrote, "Denying same-gender couples the right to marry and thus depriving them and their families of the rights, protections and responsibilities of civil marriage violates the equality demanded by the equal protection clause of the New Mexico Constitution."  I had suspected New Mexico was joining the ranks of same sex equality and had already bought the magnet in anticipation of this inevitability. However, thank you the Land of Enchantment!

And today when you least expect it we get Utah.  Utah!  I did not even see that one coming.  Another federal judge, Robert J. Shelby, wrote, “The state’s current laws deny its gay and lesbian citizens their fundamental right to marry and, in so doing, demean the dignity of these same-sex couples for no rational reason...Accordingly, the court finds that these laws are unconstitutional.” (,0,4328899.story#ixzz2o5Dy676A)  Well, welcome to equality Utah and thank you Judge Shelby.

In one week we get states 17 and 18, where couples are being married while I write.  Such a wonderful present.  If Utah can change their mind, so can Missouri and every other state in the union and then the world.  Feeling so hopeful right now.

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