How DOMA decision impacts New Mexicans
Posted at: 06/26/2013 7:01 PM
| Updated at: 06/26/2013 10:18 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Lisa Taj McCellon and Stacey Driskell wanted today to be their wedding day. KOB Eyewitness News 4 followed them as they went into the Bernalillo County clerk's office and nervously filled out their paperwork.
Minutes later, they were told their application to marry is denied because the current state law doesn't allow it.
Right behind them, KOB met up with Gerald Herrera and Carlos Ortiz, who had come in for the same reason. And, just like the ladies before, got denied.
Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says while she personally favors same sex marriage, New Mexico law doesn't give her the right to issue same sex marriage certificates. “Either the legislature needs to pass a law verifying that we can issue same sex marriages or the courts need to make a ruling," Toulouse Oliver said.
Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will provide federal benefits to gay couples who were legally married in other states. But until New Mexico legalizes gay marriages, couples like these remain without.