By Kevin Baird and Emily Crowe
CNJ staff writers
Same-sex marriage has become a hot topic in New Mexico in recent weeks with several county clerks throughout the state issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, while others remain vehemently opposed to doing so.
“I am not afraid to say that Curry County is not going to issue same-sex marriage licenses until the law forces us to do that,” said Curry County Clerk Rosalie Riley.
The Clovis News Journal spoke with several local residents to get their thoughts on the issue.
Shaun Poe, 26, tattoo artist
“The way I see it, let people be who they are. You’re going to love who you’re going to love. I don’t think gay marriage should be illegal, they’re not hurting anyone. What I don’t get is there are murderers and rapists out there and we’re worried about gay marriage.”
Rachael McKeown, 16, home-school and Clovis Community College student
“I think the state should make a decision. The counties don’t normally make these decisions, so they are not equipped to make that kind of decision.”
Mariana Lopez, 29, educator
“What people do behind closed doors is their own business, but I think it’s wrong. I don’t like having to explain to my kids why two women are together.”
Lopez said her religion and her conservative upbringing is why she thinks this way.
Mario Gonzales, 33
“I think it’s a good thing that some counties are allowing same-sex marriage. It shows our state is progressive. I think same-sex couples deserve the same rights as every other couple. I think we’ve wasted enough time. The thing is it doesn’t effect anyone’s religion. This is not a church issue. It’s a government issue.”