Do NOT Retain Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez Nov. 4

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Do NOT Retain Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez Nov.4

Elections should be about ideas and ideals, which in turn are based on one’s worldview.  The Judeo-Christian worldview and its ideals have been under assault and nothing illustrates the issue more clearly than Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez’s opinion legalizing homosexual “marriage” in New Mexico.

Judge Chavez begins his opinion by describing the homosexual community as having “inadequate political power to protect itself…”  Managing to force the issue of homosexual “marriage” before the Supreme Court of the United States and the New Mexico Supreme Court does not describe a community whose power is inadequate.

Judge Chavez then goes out of his way to set the boundaries of his decision within the confines of the rule of law, disallows any religious references, even though the Preamble to the New Mexico State Constitution reads:  “We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this constitution.”

Judge Chavez lays out two arguments for the legalization of homosexual “marriage.”  His number one argument equates the prohibition of interracial marriage with the prohibition of homosexual “marriage.”  He argues that miscegenation, not allowing blacks to marry whites, is the same type of unjustifiable discrimination as prohibiting same-gender marriages.  We would suggest that they are two very different issues.  Marriage between a man and a woman has been universally accepted and has always existed as a separate entity from racial discrimination.  Miscegenation is also a universal phenomenon, not confined to the southern United States.  The fact that blacks couldn’t marry whites at one point in this nation’s history doesn’t mean that same-sex “marriage” is justified.

Judge Chavez’s second argument is that having children has nothing to do with marriage.  To come up with this argument Judge Chavez had to ignore the obvious truth.  Law is based on precedent, and in New Mexico’s history as in the world’s history, marriage has always been between a man and a woman.

Judge Chavez says that “preventing the deinstitutionalization of marriage” … “cannot be an important governmental interest under the Constitution.”  Notice that Judge Chavez is creating new law, which destabilizes families by guaranteeing that one biological parent will be absent from the child’s daily life.  Furthermore, the entanglement of “whose child it is” has already emerged as problematic in our courts in proceedings related to homosexual “marriages”.

Judge Chavez states that religious institutions are protected from the new law he’s created.  “Our holding will not interfere with the religious freedom of religious organizations or clergy because (1) no religious organization will have to change its policies to accommodate same-gender couples, and (2) no religious clergy will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”  Judge Chavez made no reference to the multiple situations in which churches have been sued to require the use of their properties or venues by homosexuals for their “marriages.”

A Christian worldview, prescribed by Jesus himself, requires that marriage be between one man and one woman.  Marriage as an institution has always provided a safe haven for children and simple biology, the way we are made, requires marriage to be between a man and a woman.

You can make your views known on November 4, 2014, on the Judicial Retention question:  “Shall EDWARD L. CHAVEZ be retained as Justice of the Supreme Court?”  Since your Christian worldview obviously differs from the worldview of Justice Edward Chavez, we suggest that you vote “No.”

(Note that this question appears at the top left corner of Page 2 on the Sample Santa Fe County ballot.)

New Mexico Watchman

2014 New Mexico Legislative Session: A Hijacking

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New Mexico’s 2014 legislative session is underway.  The Legislature continues to consist of a majority of Democrats in both houses. The House consists of 37 Democrats and 33 Republicans.  The Senate has 25 Democrats and 17 Republicans.  Governor Susana Martinez is a Republican.

With the beginning of this year’s 30-day session, it must be observed that New Mexico’s judiciary has pre-empted our lawmakers’ opportunity to debate New Mexico’s moral and religious issues.

Instead the courts have handed down judgments on major issues that concern our Christian community.  The legislators, commissioned to debate and pass or defeat new laws, have convened only to find that the moral issues of our day have been usurped by New Mexico’s judges.  Following are two examples:

Same-Sex “Marriage”
New Mexico Supreme Court Decision, December 19, 2014

For years the New Mexico State Legislature debated the question of same-sex marriage.  Consistently the Legislators decided not to decide.  On December 19, 2013, the New Mexico State Supreme Court uttered the magic word – “unconstitutional” – possibly ending the debate and opening the door to its enormous ramifications.  New Mexico became the 17th state to allow same-sex “marriages.” 

 Two attempts have been made to overturn same-sex “marriage” and the consequences that in other states have resulted in homosexual indoctrination in schools and open displays of homosexual behavior in local communities.  The County Commissioners who issued licenses illegally have been sued and a Constitutional Amendment has been proposed.  Both of these actions have been undertaken by Senator Bill Sharer (R-Farmington).

 Senator Sharer’s Senate Joint Resolution 6 (SJR 6) proposes a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would define marriage in New Mexico as only between one man and one woman as determined by a vote of the people.  SJR 6 is now on the legislative docket, but it must survive assigned committees and votes in both chambers before it appears on a New Mexico ballot.  Even Republican support for a Constitutional Amendment may be softening, with the Governor calling it “now the law of the land” even though no “law” has been passed.

 The committee hearing SJR 6 is the Senate Rules Committee.  The Rules Committee is chaired by Senator Linda Lopez who, incidentally, is running for Governor.  Members of the committee include Senator Jacob Candelaria, a homosexual activist and former head of Equality New Mexico, a homosexual political organization, and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, the sponsor of a bill legalizing marijuana.

 The resolution may not be scheduled for a hearing before the session end and, if heard, could possibly go no further than a vote to “table” this session.

                                                        Euthanasia

Decriminalization by District Judge Nan G. Nash, January 13, 2014

Call it what you may: “Right to Die,” “Mercy Killings” or “Death with Dignity,”  euthanasia has now morphed into “Aid in Dying.”  The 2009 Legislators gave euthanasia an “Action Postponed Indefinitely,” and it has not been hear from since.

 Now Albuquerque Judge Nan G. Nash has decided that doctors who help kill a patient commit neither murder nor suicide.  Prior to the decision, state law classified euthanasia as a fourth-degree felony.  Attorney General Gary King, also a gubernatorial candidate, is considering challenging the changed law.  The Catholic Church has taken a firm stand against the judge’s finding.  No legislation has been proposed opposing euthanasia in New Mexico.

                                                 Other Issues

 Noticeably absent in 2014 is legislation proposing notification of parents when an underage girl is taken for an abortion.

 Other issues before our officials include decriminalization of marijuana, curtailing drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, and regulating gun purchases at gun shows.

 

                                                        Prayer Request

 Please keep our legislators in prayer.  Pray that the 2014 will be one in which they experience God’s grace and act accordingly.

 

New Mexico Watchman

www.nmwatchman.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 New Mexico Legislative Session:  A Hijacking

 

 

 

New Mexico’s 2014 legislative session is underway.  The Legislature continues to consist of a majority of Democrats in both houses. The House consists of 37 Democrats and 33 Republicans.  The Senate has 25 Democrats and 17 Republicans.  Governor Susana Martinez is a Republican.

 

 

 

With the beginning of this year’s 30-day session, it must be observed that New Mexico’s judiciary has pre-empted our lawmakers’ opportunity to debate New Mexico’s moral and religious issues.

 

 

 

Instead the courts have handed down judgments on major issues that concern our Christian community.  The legislators, commissioned to debate and pass or defeat new laws, have convened only to find that the moral issues of our day have been usurped by New Mexico’s judges.  Following are two examples:

 

 

 

Same-Sex “Marriage”
New Mexico Supreme Court Decision, December 19, 2014

 

 

 

For years the New Mexico State Legislature debated the question of same-sex marriage.  Consistently the Legislators decided not to decide.  On December 19, 2013, the New Mexico State Supreme Court uttered the magic word – “unconstitutional” – possibly ending the debate and opening the door to its enormous ramifications.  New Mexico became the 17th state to allow same-sex “marriages.” 

 

 

 

Two attempts have been made to overturn same-sex “marriage” and the consequences that in other states have resulted in homosexual indoctrination in schools and open displays of homosexual behavior in local communities.  The County Commissioners who issued licenses illegally have been sued and a Constitutional Amendment has been proposed.  Both of these actions have been undertaken by Senator Bill Sharer (R-Farmington).

 

 

 

Senator Sharer’s Senate Joint Resolution 6 (SJR 6) proposes a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would define marriage in New Mexico as only between one man and one woman as determined by a vote of the people.  SJR 6 is now on the legislative docket, but it must survive assigned committees and votes in both chambers before it appears on a New Mexico ballot.  Even Republican support for a Constitutional Amendment may be softening, with the Governor calling it “now the law of the land” even though no “law” has been passed.

 

 

 

The committee hearing SJR 6 is the Senate Rules Committee.  The Rules Committee is chaired by Senator Linda Lopez who, incidentally, is running for Governor.  Members of the committee include Senator Jacob Candelaria, a homosexual activist and former head of Equality New Mexico, a homosexual political organization, and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, the sponsor of a bill legalizing marijuana.

 

 

 

The resolution may not be scheduled for a hearing before the session end and, if heard, could possibly go no further than a vote to “table” this session.

 

 

 

 

 

Euthanasia
Decriminalization by District Judge Nan G. Nash, January 13, 2014

 

 

 

Call it what you may: “Right to Die,” “Mercy Killings” or “Death with Dignity,”  euthanasia has now morphed into “Aid in Dying.”  The 2009 Legislators gave euthanasia an “Action Postponed Indefinitely,” and it has not been hear from since.

 

 

 

Now Albuquerque Judge Nan G. Nash has decided that doctors who help kill a patient commit neither murder nor suicide.  Prior to the decision, state law classified euthanasia as a fourth-degree felony.  Attorney General Gary King, also a gubernatorial candidate, is considering challenging the changed law.  The Catholic Church has taken a firm stand against the judge’s finding.  No legislation has been proposed opposing euthanasia in New Mexico.

 

Other Issues

 

 

 

Noticeably absent in 2014 is legislation proposing notification of parents when an underage girl is taken for an abortion.

 

 

 

Other issues before our officials include decriminalization of marijuana, curtailing drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, and regulating gun purchases at gun shows.

 

 

 

Prayer Request

 

 

 

Please keep our legislators in prayer.  Pray that the 2014 will be one in which they experience God’s grace and act accordingly.

 

 

 

New Mexico Watchman

 

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High Stakes at the High Court Hearing 10-23-2013

The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments today regarding homosexual “marriage.” Mr. Daniel Ivey-Soto represented New Mexico’s county clerks, who are being sued by lesbian couples for not issuing homosexual “marriage” licenses. Mr. Ivey-Soto yielded the majority of his time to Ms. Maureen Sanders, who argued in favor of homosexual “marriage.” Mr. Jim Campbell of Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization, represented the defense.

From the start, the Justices, led by Justice Charles Daniels and Justice Edward Chavez, grilled Mr. Campbell, interrupting his presentation repeatedly and questioning his various arguments.

For example, Mr. Campbell asserted that the intent of New Mexico’s founders who wrote the Constitution should be critical in assessing constitutional matters. Mr. Campbell referred to the state’s prohibition against polygamy. Judge Daniels countered that polygamy should be assessed in view of modern norms and cultural changes.

Remember that this is the same court that ruled against Elaine Huguenin, the Albuquerque photographer, finding her guilty of violating the civil rights of lesbians by refusing to photograph a same-sex “commitment” ceremony.

The court’s final decision has been postponed.

Note that a constitutional amendment could be passed by the legislature and put before the voters.

Please continue to pray for the Justices and the lawyers and for a godly outcome to these proceedings.

The entire session can be viewed at the following website.

http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/full-video-nm-supreme-court-hearing-on-gay-marriage/-/9153728/22595584/-/mpodmdz/-/index.html

God bless New Mexico.

Prayer and Fasting: October 22 and November 3, 2013

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 Prayer and Fasting: October 22 and November 3, 2013

Major issues are facing our state and nation.  As a result, there are calls for Prayer and Fasting as the issues of same-sex marriage and abortion are coming to New Mexico.

Gender-Confused Seeking Marriage in the State

The New Mexico Supreme Court is being asked to decide if same-sex marriage violates the constitution of the state even though references to “husband – wife” and “man – woman” can be are found.

On October 23, the New Mexico Supreme Court will consider oral arguments for same-sex marriages.  Voices for Family Values (www.vffv.org) has called for prayer and fasting the day before, on Tuesday,October 22.

  • Please note that individuals are allowed equal protection under the law but institutions are always discriminatory: we don’t let blind people drive and we don’t let people who won’t bear arms into our army.  The institution of marriage is about families and families are about procreation.

 Late Term Abortion in Albuquerque: Fetal Pain

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is known as the “late term abortion capitol of the Southwest.”  Abortions can be performed up to the day of birth.  Spearheaded by Albuquerque Deserves Better (www.abqdeservesbetter.com), a special election for Albuquerque residents will be held on November 19 limiting abortions to 20 weeks beyond conception. 

  • The ordinance is known as the “Fetal Pain” bill.  It has been scientifically proven that a fetus experiences excruciating pain as body parts are torn from the fetus and removed from the uterus.  The “Fetal Pain” bill limits abortion to 20 weeks or prior.

Sunday, November 3, has been proclaimed a “Day of Prayer” across the state for the unborn and for this issue.  Priests and Pastors are urged to address this issue from the pulpit, and we are all urged to pray.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.    2  Chronicles 7:14

 

Prayer for Our Nation – August 2013

                                    Prayer For Our Arts and Entertainment:
The TV program “Glee” is rated as one of the most pro-homosexual shows on television Those opposed to the lifestyle are portrayed as crude, cartoonish “homophobic” bullies.  In contrast to the mandated positive portrayal, the real-life lesbian actress on the show, Jane Lynch, “divorced” her partner of three years, Lara Embry; and the show’s thirty-one year old lead actor Cory Monteith was found dead of an alcohol and heroin overdose.
Pray that our Arts and Entertainment industry would be populated by those guided by the Lord’s commands.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”  John 14:21

                                        Prayer For Our Businesses:
Faced with the burden of Obamacare, many companies have reduced employee work weeks to less than 30 hours to avoid paying for health care.  That means that employees are either doing with less or are working two jobs to maintain the same level of income.  Please pray for this regulation to be dropped so families can return to a manageable job market.

                              Prayer For Our Educational System:
Under the administration of Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico has gone to a letter grade system in assessing school achievement.  A quick assessment of school performance can be had by this method.  Please pray that the system remains and that schools continue to improve.
(SEE  http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/article_599f6e5e-5276-55a5-a4fa-9766493668a4.html)

                                  Prayer For Our Families:

New Mexico is seeing an alarming rise in children living in single parent households.  In 2007 there were 177,000 single-parent households across that state.  That number jumped to 208,000 in 2011, and continues to climb.  The breakdown of the family means an increased number of children living in poverty, a greater reliance on government subsidies and greater social ills. 

Please pray for marriage to be honored and restored as the norm in our state.
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SEE http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/106-children-in-single-parent-families?loc=1&loct=2#detailed/2/10-19,2,20-29,3,30-39,4,40-49,5,50-52,6-9/false/867,133,38,35,18/any/429,430)

                                    Prayer For Our Government:

The Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.  The Court also allowed the decision of one homosexual judge to stand, silencing the voices of seven million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 and traditional marriage.

Locally, Santa Fe’s County Clerk, Geraldine Salazar, is being sued for obeying state law.  Ms. Salazar refused to issue a marriage license to two men wishing to “marry.”

Without notice to the Christian community, the Santa Fe County Commissioners passed a resolution to support homosexual “marriage.”  Because the agenda item was not broadly publicized, opposition to the resolution was not heard.

Please pray for marriage as God designed and intended.

                                                Prayer For Our Media:
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that the number of sex scenes on television nearly doubled from 1998 to 2005. An American Academy of Pediatrics report states that “more than 75 percent of prime-time programs contain sexual content” – 8 to 10 times per hour.  (SEE http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/3/576.full)

Our homes are connected to the outside world by television and radio.  The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is the government agency overseeing a decaying standard of decency over the airwaves.  The FCC would like to slacken the already lax standards for broadcast programs that we view and hear.

Please pray that the FCC will not slacken their standards regarding what is allowed over the nation’s airwaves.

                                            Prayer For Our Religion:
The question of homosexuality in the priesthood surfaced again.  Pope Benedict, the current Pope Francis’ predecessor, urged those with homosexual leanings to stay out of the priesthood.  The current Pope Francis has suggested that being homosexual does not make one unfit for the priesthood but homosexual activity does.  It is a subtle but significant change from his predecessor’s stance.  Please pray that all those called to ministry would be of the Lord and not of the flesh.

 

Albuquerque’s “Child Pain Protection Ordinance” Petition Deadline July 25

Albuquerque has an opportunity to move against its reputation as the late term abortion capitol of the southwestern states.  Dr. Curtis Boyd, proprietor of Southwestern Women’s Options advertises “All Trimester” abortions, which means a baby a day before birth can be aborted. 

Albuquerque has an opportunity to reduce the carnage through a ballot imitative that would discontinue abortions after 20 weeks.  Fifteen thousand (15,000) petition signatures are needed by July 25 to place the “Child Pain Protection Ordinance” on the mayoral election ballot.  The City of Albuquerque allows the voters to create legislation through”Direct Legislation by Voter Initiative.”

We are asking registered Albuquerque voters to sign the petition.  To find where the petition can be signed and to assist in the effort visit http://www.childpainprotection.com/.

Prayer for Our Nation – July 2013

Pray For Our Arts and Entertainment:

The sports world was excited with the announcement by professional basketball’s Jason Collins of the Washington Wizards that he was a homosexual.  Jason received a phone call from the President of the United to compliment him on his “courage.”   Meanwhile ESPN reporter Chris Broussard explained clearly and concisely the Christian concept of sin and repentance.  Predictably and unfortunately, it was Mr. Broussard came under attack, calling him an “embattled” sportscaster. Of course nothing was made of Jason’s fiancé of eight years, Carolyn Moos, who was most gracious in the face of deception, saying only that her “dreams must change.”  Pray for men and women in the media that declare and profess Christian principles.

SEE Chris Broussard

Pray For Our Businesses:
Many believe the year-long postponement of Obamacare’s business mandate, requiring businesses to make available birth control pills and abortifacients on demand was politically motivated. The lawsuits challenging the law remain pending.   Pray that Christian businesses and organizations are spared violating their conscience as the result of Obamacare.

Pray For Our Educational System:
Seven million Californians voted to define marriage as being only between one man and one woman.  One homosexual judge overturned the vote of the people.  The homosexual community sued and brought the issue before the Supreme Court.  The Court declared that only the Governor of the State or the Attorney General could bring the case before the court.  The result was that the homosexual judge’s opinion stands, denying the voting citizens of California.  Because homosexuality is now a legitimate “lifestyle,” it is being taught in public schools.  Pray that our public schools will return to the principle for which they were founded, reading the Bible.

Pray For Our Families:
“N.M. Hits Bottom in Child Well-Being” was the headline in the Albuquerque Journal on June 24.  New Mexico ranks 50th in the “National Kids Count” survey.  Children raised in single parent-homes, poverty with dismal graduation rates begin life with major disadvantages.  Pray for strong marriages and families in New Mexico.

Pray For Our Government:
Recent revelations show that the National Security Administration has had access to personal phone records.  It has long been known that social media sites were being stored.  A constitutional right to privacy has been eroded by virtue of our government’s use of technological advances.  The  consequences of government surveillance could be devastating.   Pray for a just and moral government and an end to citizen surveillance.

Pray For Our Media:
Recently the Santa Fe Reporter, a liberal weekly tabloid, published a cartoon cover of Our Lady of Guadaupe in a bikini and sipping on margaritaThe Catholic community, especially, was duly alarmed and disgusted.  After a public outcry, the Reporter apologized and explained that they had used the cover in an attempt to display cultural diversity in Santa Fe.  Pray for righteousness and respect in all of Media.

Pray For Our Religion:
Exodus, a Christian program for men and women recovering from homosexuality, closed the doors on its 250 agencies and apologized to the homosexual community for causing them harm.  The apology was accepted with much triumph by the “Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,” an organization that promotes the homosexual lifestyle through such means as anonymous sexual encounters in public parks.  Pray that another Christian organization will follow to carry on the work.

Prayer for the Nation

Arts & Entertainment:

Rarely does a pro-life message appear in today’s pop culture, however, a song by country artist Kenny Chesney does just that.  The song, “There Goes My Life,” was released in 2003.  To view  CLICK HERE.   Pray that the message of how precious life is continues to be propagate.  

Business:
Obamacare requires businesses to make available birth control pills and abortifacients on demand. Hobby Lobby has sued the Federal Government in hopes of having their deeply held moral beliefs respected by this administration.  Pray that Hobby Lobby and other Christian organizations are successful in avoiding this assault on their beliefs.

Education:
In contrast with the recent Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow homosexual scouts into their ranks, we are in the season for Vacation Bible Schools.  Pray that the Word of the Lord will be disseminated though the Vacation Bible School experience to many, many children.

Family:
Recently the states of Minnesota and Delaware have redefined “marriage” to include same-sex couples.  The United States Supreme Count will decide on the constitutionality of two cases.  The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage as being between one man and one woman at the federal level.  California voted for Proposition 8, which declared marriage as being between one man and one woman in that state, but was overturned by a homosexual judge.  Pray that the Supreme Court will judge in favor of the traditional family in both cases. 

Government:
Since 2010 the Federal Government, through the Internal Revenue Service, has stonewalled those whose ideology and religious beliefs differ from the current administration.  Pray for a just and moral government.

Media:
The lack of media coverage of Dr. Kermit Gosnel’s horrific medical practice regarding late term abortions points once again to a media bias.  The Philadelphia medical practice resulted in a murder conviction and a life imprisonment for Dr. Gosnel.  Pray for an honest and fair media.

Religion:
With the assault on Christian values, the time has come to stand firm for Christian beliefs.  “Pulpit Freedom Sunday, June 9” is the Sunday when pastors are urged to preach on biblical marriage. Please pray for Pulpit Freedom Sunday, June 9 and urge your pastor to preach on Christian marriage and its meaning.  For more information CLICK HERE.

New Mexico Clergy Support Traditional Marriage

In an online petition, the American Civil Liberty Union is attempting to portray New Mexico’s religious community as supportive of same-sex “marriage.”  The petition, which has only 102 names at this time and includes liberal denominations such as Presbyterian USA, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopalian Church as well as a number of churches with “United” and “Universal” in the title.  The list also includes New Age “clergy,” at least one Buddhist and a few Rabbis. 

Clergy from the Metropolitan Community Church, a homosexual community that teaches that Sodom and Gomorra’s condemnation was about a lack of hospitality and not sexual immorality has also signed.

New Mexico’s Christian church leadership community numbers in the thousands, the vast majority of whom adhere to a biblical worldview.  Jesus’ statement on marriage in Matthew 19 is a clear description of biblical marriage, upon which traditional marriage is based.

 ““Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a] and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Matthew 19:4-6

New Mexico’s larger Christian organizations decidedly support traditional marriage.  The Southern Baptist Convention of New Mexico alone employs about 300 pastors.  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has 95 parishes in northern New Mexico that adhere to a Christian worldview.

The ACLU’s inability to force same-sex marriage through the New Mexico State Legislature has resulted in seemingly endless end-runs, such as their meaningless marginalized clerical petitions and Santa Fe’s recent non-binding Resolution.

New Mexico and its church leadership support marriage as defined by Jesus himself.

How They Voted and Why: Santa Fe’s Same Sex Resolution

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the Santa Fe City Council passed a non-binding Resolution recommending that New Mexico County Clerks and the New Mexico Attorney General implement same-sex marriage in New Mexico. The Resolution passed with

5 FOR
1 AGAINST
2 ABSTENTIONS.

The resolution is based on what we consider a false premise: “New Mexico marriage laws do not define marriage as between a man and a woman.”
Each Councilor, with the exception of Councilor Chris Calvert, spoke to the issue. Their votes, rationales and religious affiliations are summarized as follows:

MAYOR David Coss:
VOTE: FOR
RATIONALE: Wants to “walk my daughter down the aisle” in a marriage to another woman.
RELIGION: Member, Saint John’s Catholic Church Santa Fe

COUNCILOR Pattie Bushee- Sponsor
VOTE: FOR
RATIONALE: Wants to marry another woman.
RELIGION: Raised Catholic – No known church affiliation

COUNCILOR Ron Trujillo – Sponsor
VOTE: FOR
RATIONALE: Claimed child abuse in heterosexual marriage was as problematic as same-sex marriage.
RELIGION: San Isidro Catholic Church

COUNCILOR Chris Calvert – Sponsor
VOTE: FOR
RATIONALE: Moved to adopt the motion.
RELIGION: Church of Antioch at Santa Fe (Metaphysical church)

MAYOR PRO TEM Rebecca Wurzburger
VOTE: FOR
RATIONALE: Equated the opposition with southern racism.
RELIGION: Raised Southern Baptist, not currently affiliated

COUNCILOR Peter Ives
VOTE: ABSTAINED
RATIONALE: Gave up the position of Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Frances rather than stand for traditional marriage.
RELIGION: Member, Cathedral Basilica of Saint Frances

COUNCILOR Bill Dimas
VOTE: ABSTAINED
RATIONALE: Has a 37-year-old homosexual stepson. Could not bring himself to vote against his wife and her son.
RELIGION: Member, Santa Maria de la Paz

COUNCILOR Christopher Rivera
VOTE: AGAINST (Only member voting NO)
RATIONALE: Only councilor who stood in opposition to the Resolution. Based decision on biblical principles.
RELIGION: Member, Freedom Church Santa Fe

A non-binding resolution does not carry the weight of law. The effort appears to be only to provoke a legalistic confrontation.

God bless you today.

Jose Vasquez

‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? Matthew 19:5