New Mexico state Rep. David Chavez (R) has introduced a state-level Defense of Marriage Act that would amend the constitution to ban same-sex marriage and void recognition of marriages and civil unions from other states. Though the state does not offer same-sex marriage as it is, state Attorney General Gary King issued an opinion last year that marriages performed elsewhere would likely be recognized under New Mexico law. Equality New Mexico has launched a Change.org petition calling on Chavez to withdraw the amendment. A December poll showed that a 45 percent plurality of New Mexico voters support marriage equality, with 67 percent supporting some form of legal recognition.
New Mexico Lawmaker Introduces Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment