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New Mexico becomes 17th marriage-equality jurisdiction in US

The New Mexico Supreme Court was unanimous:

New Mexico's highest court ruled on Thursday that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.

"We conclude that the purpose of New Mexico marriage laws is to bring stability and order to the legal relationship of committed couples by defining their rights and responsibilities as to one another, their children if they choose to raise children together, and their property," the court's ruling read. "Prohibiting same-gender marriages is not substantially related to the government interests advanced by the parties opposing same-gender marriage or to the purposes we have identified."

With this ruling, New Mexico joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing same-sex marriages. That means 111 million people in the U.S.—36% of the population—live in marriage-equality jurisdictions.

The opinion is here.

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