New Mexico joins 16 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex marriage.
By Lewis W. Diuguid
The Kansas City Star
That action follows the New Mexico Supreme Court decision on Thursday, saying the equal protection clause in the New Mexico Constitution mandating equal rights regardless of a persons gender applied to same-sex couples wanting to be married. The court ruling continues a national thaw in the hard freeze a few years ago against same-sex marriage.
The progressive movement could one day even spread across the Bible Belt, where many states like Missouri have enacted constitutional bans against same-sex marriage. A setback may have been the United Methodist Church this week defrocking a Pennsylvania minister who officiated at the wedding of his son to another man in 2007.
But back on the progressive side, A&E indefinitely suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for anti-homosexual comments he made in a GQ article. Duck Dynasty fans, however, have been supportive of Robertson.
What may work against him and in favor of same-sex marriage is that former GOP darling Sarah Palin reportedly has his back.