EQNM Applauds Lawsuit Seeking the Freedomto Marry for Same-Sex Couples in New Mexico
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 21, 2013CONTACT: Amber Royster, (505) 224-2766 firstname.lastname@example.org ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Today, Equality New Mexico (EQNM) applauds the groundbreaking lawsuitfiled this afternoon on behalf of two same-sex couples in our community seeking the freedom tomarry. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of NewMexico, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), and Albuquerque law firm Sutin, Thayer & Brown. The legal complaint asserts that the New Mexico Constitution and New Mexico marriagestatutes do not prohibit same-sex couples from marrying, and therefore the State of New Mexicoshould issue civil marriage licenses to any same-sex couple who applies for one.New Mexico is the only state in the country that neither expressly recognizes same-sexrelationships through marriage or civil unions, nor bans recognition of same-sex relationshipsthrough statute or constitutional amendment.
Equality New Mexico has tirelessly advocated for LGBT New Mexicans for over two decades as
New Mexico's leading statewide LGBT advocacy and education organization,” said Amber Royster,Executive Director of EQNM. “Over the
past several years, we have devoted the majority of ourattention and resources toward winning the freedom to marry in New Mexico, and we areconfident this litigation effort signals that soon
couples will be able to marry in the Land of
The couples represented in the lawsuit are Miriam Rand, 63, and Ona Porter, 66, and RoseGriego, 46, and Kim Kiel, 44. Miriam and Ona currently live in Albuquerque, while Rose and Kimreside in Santa Fe. It is anticipated that more couples will join the lawsuit as it progresses.
“Ona and I have been together for over 25 years,” said Miriam Rand. “Together, we raised
children, we took care of our mothers when they were dying and are currently raising ourgranddaughter. We are family; we love and care for one another through good times and bad.
We want our community to recognize our love and commitment for what it is: a marriage.”
“Marriage matters,” said Rose Griego. “Kim and I have already made a lifelong commitment to
one another, but marriage says ‘family’ in a way that no other word can. It’s important to us
that the State of New Mexico
our home, the place where we live, work and raised our family
recognizes and respects our relationship.”