NM Supreme Court declines to hear case immediately
The state Supreme Court on Friday said it would not immediately hear either of two lawsuits on whether same-sex couples can marry.
This means district courts will have first jurisdiction over the lawsuits.
State Rep. Brian Egolf, representing two men from Santa Fe who want to marry one another, in June dropped a district court lawsuit in hopes that the Supreme Court would hear the case and render a decision this year.
The ACLU filed a separate case both in district court and with the Supreme Court.
Egolf, D-Santa Fe, tried but failed this year to get a constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage on the state ballot for 2014. His bill failed in a committee on a 7-4 vote.
He could again seek a constitutional amendment now that the litigation may not be as swift as he had hoped.