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Gay Marriage Opponents Vow To Push For Ban
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gay marriage opponents are vowing the fight is not over despite a New Mexico Supreme Court decision Thursday saying it was unconstitutional to bar same-sex couples from getting marriage licenses.
State Sen. William Sharer, a Farmington Republican, says he will continue his push for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.
And groups like the Flora Vista-based Voices for Family Values say their members already are gathering signatures for petitions to present to lawmakers during the upcoming session in January.
The ruling Thursday came after county officials asked the high court to clarify the law and establish a uniform state policy on gay marriage. Historically, county clerks have denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples because state statutes include a marriage license application with sections for male and female applicants.