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  •  I suppose it could do something like give the (4+ / 0-)

    legislature time to clarify their intent (hint, hint), given a gender neutral constitution but laws that go contrary to that.  And then when the legislature does nothing declare marriage equality.

    I don't see them ruling against it, but I haven't checked up on the composition of the NM Supreme Court.

    •  Well this is kind of weird. (5+ / 0-)
      The court's five justices are chosen by statewide election, or appointed by the Governor if to fill a seat that has become vacant mid-term; the justices in turn choose who among them will serve as Chief Justice. The second time they face popular election, they must first pass review by a judicial standards committee, and then face a retention election in which they must receive at least 57% of the vote.
      I'm not finding what the Justice's party affiliations are, even though the article claims that the elections are "partisan."
    •  Legislature is out of session. (1+ / 0-)
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      New Mexico has 30 and 60 day sessions on alternating years.  The upcoming session is a 30 day session starting on the second Tuesday of January, and by Article IV Section 5 of the State Constitution can only consider budgetary measures or measures brought up by the Governor.

      So it's unlikely that the State Legislature will clarify anything before the Supreme Court rules.

      Economic Left/Right: -7.38
      Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.00
      Two steps to the right of Trotsky.

      by jvance on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 09:35:37 PM PDT

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      •  Are there enough votes (1+ / 0-)
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        in the State Legislature from putting a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on the ballot?

        Because I think that's what the Christian jihadists will try next.

        •  It has been tried (3+ / 0-)

          and failed many times.  Both sides have been introducing bills for the past decade that have died in committee.

          But should it make it to the ballot, recent polling is unclear how it the vote would go.  However given recent trends and the fact that any election is a year away, I doubt it would pass.  Especially if thousands of couples get married in the meantime without the 10 horned beast making an appearance.

          Economic Left/Right: -7.38
          Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.00
          Two steps to the right of Trotsky.

          by jvance on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 11:26:12 PM PDT

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