10th Circuit Court Says States Can’t Ban Gay Marriage

In a ruling that strikes down gay marriage ban in Oklahoma, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said today that the 14th Amendment protects same-sex couples’ right to marry. The decision is in the Utah case, which  was considered on a fast track with the Oklahoma case. In both cases, federal judges struck down…

Santa Fe Selects Its First Gay Mayor, Javier Gonzales

Santa Fe overwhelmingly elected its first openly gay mayor on Tuesday. Javier Gonzales easily won election with 43 percent of the vote versus two other opponents. Gonzales gave his acceptance speech to chants of “Javier” on Tuesday night after the results came in, according to the Albuquerque Journal. Gonzales, 47, is the vice president of…

New Mexico becomes the 17th state (plus DC) to legalize same-sex marriage

New Mexico’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a ban on gay marriages unconstitutional, making the state the 17th to allow same-sex unions. Ten others recognize unions and partnerships while 33 limit marriages to opposite-sex couples. Most of the state bans on same-sex marriage are embedded in state constitutions. Counties in New Mexico had already been…