Before the ruling, New Mexico was the only state without a law or constitutional provision explicitly banning or allowing same-sex marriage.
On May 15,the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples should have the right to marry.
In Novembervoters in Maine approved a ballot measure legalizing same-sex marriage.
Marriage and Religious Freedom Act Backgrounder.
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A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility.
What does our faith tell us about marriage?
The law converts civil unions to marriage and recognizes civil unions and same sex marriage from other jurisdictions.
The measure went into effect Dec.
When marriage is redefined so as to make other relationships equivalent to it, the institution ofmarriage is devalued and further weakened.