Griego v. Oliver

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Description:  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent numerous current and former state lawmakers who are defending the state’s marriage laws in court after a district judge ordered Bernalillo County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though state law does not permit it.

NM Supreme Court redefines marriage

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Attorney sound bite:  Jim Campbell

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Jim Campbell regarding the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision Thursday in Griego v. Oliver to redefine marriage in New Mexico law:

“The government’s purpose for recognizing marriage is to bring together one man and one woman as husband and wife to be a father and a mother to any children their union produces. The New Mexico Supreme Court ignored that time-tested understanding of marriage and replaced it with the recently conceived notion that marriage means special government recognition for close relationships. This unfortunate result prevents New Mexicans from deciding the future of marriage--its very definition as well as its role in society--through an inclusive democratic process. Regrettably, the court constitutionalized a view of marriage previously unknown in the Land of Enchantment and never chosen by the people.”

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Previous news releases:

  • 2013-10-22: NM Supreme Court to hear arguments in defense of state’s marriage laws
  • 2013-09-23: Legislators to NM Supreme Court: Marriage is societal bedrock, presumed valid

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