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The Daily Word in the Harwood Art Center, addictive marijuana and a sad dog

The Daily Word

Here is a great reason to always wear your seat belt.

The alleged Jeffrey Epstein prostitution ring has a New Mexico connection.

Christopher Cook was arrested early this morning and is suspected to be the man who shot an APD officer last weekend.

There is some kind of major transformation about to take place on Mountain Road NW.

Dog left at train station with his luggage.

There are indications in Colorado that marijuana can be physically addicting.

Rather than marry any same-sex couples 14 counties in Florida simply stopped marrying anyone at all.

The gray wolf that was spotted at the Grand Canyon may have been shot.

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Tying the Gordian Knot: Marriage equality amplifies affinity spectrum

I'm a relative newcomer to the world of marriage, but I already know a little: It's not a contract to be entered into lightly. The person you marry should be your must trusted confidant, your best friend, your most ardent fan and (sometimes) your harshest critic. But when it works, it's really lovely. And even when it doesn't work quite as well—especially in comparison to the reality-challenged world of the rom-com—it's still pretty great.

When I got married (to the absolute love of my life) in 2012, same-sex marriages weren't legally recognized by the state of New Mexico. As excited as I was to get married—and perhaps more importantly, to be married—it really harshed my nuptial buzz to know that so many of my friends were not allowed access to that right. Thankfully the realm of marriage equality in New Mexico has been reformed to respect the rights of all couples that populate this enchanted, difficult landscape.

In celebration of love and equality, Weekly Alibi is calling for essays (of less than 750 words) on the meaning of marriage equality and surviving the before-time ... when the marital rights of all citizens were not deemed equal. Email essays to letters@alibi.com, including "Pride 2014" in the subject line. We really want to hear your story. Some will be sad and some joyous, and we want to hear them all. Why? Because your stories—the trajectories of your lives—in the here and now are history-in-the-making. All our stories and all our loves were always equal ... The New Mexican political/legal system just had to come to its senses and recognize that.

If your choose to share your story—and we sincerely hope you will—we'll invite some of you to join us on our Chapel of Love-themed Pride 2014 float; we'll be near the front of the parade, right behind Equality New Mexico's company of already-married husbands, and wives. After the parade, we offer to usher you in to a group ceremony on Main Stage ... or not. Our choices about how and whether to get married have a lot of cultural, traditional and religious significance and implications. And we respect that. But there's no rule that you can't get married to the same person more than once. The personal is political, and we will be honored to bear witness to all those who wish to be united. In coordination with Albuquerque Pride, we've arranged for Metropolitan Community Church Pastor Rev. Judith L. Maynard to officiate the ceremony.

So write us at letters@alibi.com. And to everyone else, we'll see y'all at Pride. We'll be the ones waiting down by the chapel ... dressed in white.

V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013

Letters

Same sex marriage a reality, Don Schrader on living in his skin, and more. Keep those letters coming!
V.22 No.38 | 9/19/2013
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Michael Rosenthal

Feature

Wedding Bells for Jesse Tyler Ferguson

“Modern Family” star returns to New Mexico to support marriage equality

Alibi alum Steven Robert Allen chats with Jesse Tyler Ferguson about growing up in Albuquerque, “Modern Family,” Tie the Knot and freedom to marry.
V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012

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Obama comes out in favor of marriage equality

Remember a few years ago when even our most liberal politicians had a hard time getting the words “civil union” across their lips?

Today, the president of these United States has said he supports full-on same-sex marriage.

"I've been going through an evolution on this issue. I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally," Obama said. "At a certain point, I just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think that same-sex couples should be able to get married."

Talking heads are wondering at his nerve just a few months before the general election. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the announcement “a major turning point in the history of American civil rights.”

The Log Cabin Republicans said it was cold comfort the day after North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment defining as being between a man and a woman.

Cyndi Lauper approves.

ProgressNow New Mexico Executive Director Pat Davis sent out poll info showing New Mexicans exhibit growing support for same-sex marriage rights. According to Public Policy Polling numbers from December, 45 percent of people in the state are in support of gay marriage. That number is eight points higher than it was just six months before the poll was conducted. The shift is a result of Democrats and independents decreasing their opposition, says PPP. Two-thirds of New Mexicans support legal equity for same-sex couples, if not full marriage rights.