New Mexico County Clerks Resign After State Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

New_MexicoALBUQUERQUE — Two Eastern New Mexico county clerks have submitted their resignations after the state Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision legalizing same-sex ‘marriage.’

Roosevelt County Clerk Donna Carpenter and her Deputy Clerk Janet Collins left their jobs on Friday following last week’s court ruling, as they would be responsible for issuing marriage licenses in the county.

Commissioner Bill Cathey told the Associated Press that the women had advised that they would walk away from their jobs “rather than be associated with that.”

“She told us in the past that’s what she would do,” he stated of Carpenter. “I am personally very disappointed in the decision of the judges, and I don’t blame our clerk for doing what she did.”

Pat Davis of ProgressNow New Mexico, a homosexual advocacy group in the state, told the New Mexico Telegram that he understood the clerks’ resignations.

“In the end, their decision to resign is honorable if they feel that they are unable to execute their duties under the law,” he stated.

There had heretofore been disagreement among county clerks in the state as to whether or not it was permissible under the New Mexico Constitution to issue licences for same-sex “marriages,” thus prompting a lawsuit over the matter. Four district court judges had ordered clerks in Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Taos and Grant County to issue the licenses this year in various localized lawsuits, and one clerk in Dona Ana County had also begun issuing licenses on his own volition.

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As previously reported, last Thursday, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to those in same-sex relationships.

“Denying same-gender couples the right to marry and thus depriving them and their families of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage violates the equality demanded by the Equal Protection Clause of the New Mexico Constitution,” wrote Judge Edward Chavez on behalf of the five-judge panel.

However, the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) issued a statement following the decision, disagreeing with the court’s line of logic.

“The New Mexico Supreme Court ignored that time-tested understanding of marriage and replaced it with the recently conceived notion that marriage means special government recognition for close relationships,” stated legal counsel Jim Campbell. “This unfortunate result prevents New Mexicans from deciding the future of marriage–its very definition as well as its role in society–through an inclusive democratic process.”

Governor Susanna Martinez, who opposes same-sex “marriage,” also contended that the matter should have been decided by voters, rather than in the courts.

“My personal views on this issue are well-known, and I’m confident that most New Mexicans believe, like I do, that it should have been settled by a vote of the people,” she told reporters.

Therefore, State Senator William Sharer (R-Farmington) has advised that he plans to present a proposal in the legislature to put a constitutional marriage amendment on the ballot in an attempt to protect marriage from the courts.

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  • Aaron,

    Just because something is widely accepted by the church doesn’t mean it is acceptable to God. That has never been the case, nor will it ever be if it goes against the doctrine which Jesus gave to us. Since Jesus was in the beginning and is God, what transpired in the Garden, God made male and female and called that the holy bond of matrimony, then what he did then still stands today. He made this clear in the book of Matthew when the religious hypocrites came to entrap him by asking: “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” They were trying to use the law to justify themselves. Jesus said, “Matthew 19:3-5(KJV)
    3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

    7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?

    8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
    4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,
    5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

    So, Jesus did address homosexuality, adultery, divorce and remarriage. He identifies marriage, but also never takes ownership of creating divorce. He puts that squarely on Moses, and squares his position on marriage according yo the will of God. God didn’t blame Moses for writing this law, he said it was because of the hardness of the peoples hearts that Moses allowed divorce. The people the, as the LGBT community today and their supporters, are rebelling against the will of God. God is not stopping these laws from being implemented, just as he did not prevent Moses, but it is not his way, his will or his word for two same gendered persons to copulate, “marry” , nor for people to mutilate their bodies to change their gender. It was not so from the beginning, nor will it ever be.

    Those clergy and religious organizations who are joining in the false Christs clarion call to get on board with the LGBT community are leading all to a broad road to destruction. If one is calling themselves Christian, which means a disciple of the real Jesus Christ, then they will stand for His definition of marriage, holy matrimony. It may be legalized, but it will never be recognized by God nor his people.

    The clerks who left their jobs to stand up for what God says is holy (marriage is honorable, and the bed undefiled) will receive a greater blessing than any job, carreer can provide. May God bless them on this side as well.