WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) made the following statement today after the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the state is constitutionally required to allow same-sex couples to marry and extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that derive from civil marriage:
“Today is a proud day for New Mexico and a significant step forward to creating a fairer, more just society. I am thrilled that the New Mexico Supreme Court found that our constitution requires marriage equality for all our citizens. This ruling stands to strengthen New Mexico families and affirms that loving same sex couples who accept the responsibility of marriage are respected and recognized in our state. We must continue our march toward full equality for all Americans."