New Mexico Legalises Same-Sex Marriage

Same-Sex Marriage Couple Figurines on Wedding Cake

New Mexico has become the 17th US State to legalise same-sex marriage.

The court unanimously held that because “same-gender couples (whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender) are a discrete group which has been subjected to a history of discrimination and violence, and which has inadequate political power to protect itself from such treatment, the classification at issue must withstand intermediate scrutiny to be constitutional.”

The acknowledgement of LGBT people as a minority vulnerable to abuse indicates that future anti-LGBT laws will be given greater scrutiny.