By Joel Williams
Santa Fe, New Mexico: New Mexico Attorney General Gary King (D) filed a statement with the New Mexico Supreme Court arguing against a same-sex marriage ban when asked for his opinion. He asserted that "New Mexico's guarantee of equal protection to its citizens demands that same-sex couples be permitted to enjoy the benefits of marriage in the same way and to the same extent as other New Mexico citizens." King pointed out that although there are no specific statutes allowing or prohibiting same-sex marriages, that the state effectively bans them in practice. King has plans to run against Gov. Susana Martinez (R) in next year's gubernatorial election.