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NM Bishops’ Statement on Doña Ana County’s Issuance of Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

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Bishop James S. Wall
Bishop James S. Wallhttp://dioceseofgallup.org
Bishop James Wall is the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup.

August 21, 2013

Today the Doña Ana County Clerk announced that his office would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

This is a significant matter that affects society at large and as such is one that is best decided through the legislative branch of government, and, in absence of its action, by the judicial branch. There are cases currently in process to be heard and decided by the New Mexico State Supreme Court. The legislative process (and the judicial, to a lesser degree) at the state government not only allows appropriate public debate on the issue but provides definitive legal direction for the state.

We, the Catholic bishops of New Mexico, reiterate our previous statement on same-sex marriage: “[the] tradition of marriage between one man and one woman comes to us not only from the Judeo-Christian tradition, but it has been witnessed in cultures throughout the world for many millennia.” We believe this institution of marriage to be “unique and irreplaceable,” for “only does the sexual union of a man and woman bring forth children.”

Most Rev. Michael J. Sheehan
Archbishop of Santa Fe

Most Rev. James S. Wall
Bishop of Gallup

Most Rev. Oscar Cantú
Bishop of Las Cruces

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