Judicial activism is forcing homosexual “marriage” on New Mexico residents, but action is being taken to bring that to a halt.
Over the past week, residents of The Land of Enchantment have seen same-sex marriage thrust upon them by no less than three county clerks, witnessed their state attorney general take a hands-off approach to dealing with those county officials, and – most recently – a state district judge effectively declare “gay marriage” legal.
The subject of same-sex marriage has come up repeatedly before the New Mexico legislature, but efforts to change the law to permit it did not make it past the stage of discussion.
State Senator Bill Sharer (R) is from the northeast New Mexico community of Farmington. He is among a group of GOP lawmakers planning a lawsuit to halt the actions of those county clerks.
“We have become a lawless state here as everybody decides they can create whatever law they want to create, apparently out of thin air,” he tells OneNewsNow. “So while the Dona Ana County clerk was the first one to do this – and did this completely on his own – the other two [in Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties] were actually ordered to do so by district court judges.
“Of course the district judges had no authority to do this either, but that didn't stop them from doing it,” adds Sharer.
Attorney General Gary King has stated the clerks’ actions are likely illegal, but that he's not going to do anything because in his opinion it's unconstitutional to prohibit a committed couple from marrying.
Senator Sharer promises legal action is being taken to force officials to act according to the law, but he says the situation is scary.
“If this is the way that we are going to make laws across the nation – and it appears that [not only is this] happening here in New Mexico but it's happening all over the country as well – then the whole idea of a representative government of the people, for the people and by the people is gone,” he laments. “And no matter where you stand on any issue, you should be scared to death of this new way of making laws.”
The office of Republican Governor Susana Martinez has indicated no plans are in the works to halt the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.