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House committee rejects same-sex marriage measure

The House Voters and Elections Committee today defeated a proposal to change the state constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

House Joint Resolution 3, sponsored by Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, was rejected when seven committee members voted against it and four members voted for it.

It would have allowed the issuance of marriage licenses to applicants of the same sex. It also specified that no church or religious institution could be required to perform or recognize such a marriage.

Constitutional amendments go to voters for approval if the Legislature passes them, and supporters of Egolf’s proposal said New Mexicans should be able to have their say on an important civil rights issue.

Opponents said same-sex marriage violated Biblical teachings and would be a threat to the institution of marriage.

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