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High court will step in

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By Optic Editorial Board

The state Supreme Court has finally decided to take up the issue of same-sex marriage in New Mexico. It’s about time.
The high court agreed Friday to hold a hearing on Oct. 23 to hear arguments in the case. The decision came after all 33 county clerks in the state petitioned the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue.
As it now stands, eight New Mexico counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while the remaining 25 are not.
There’s no question in our minds that this is the civil rights issue of the day. We agree with the Albuquerque judge who ruled last month that denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a violation of the state constitution.
But it’s time for the Supreme Court to decide this issue once and for all so that all county clerks in the state can finally be on the same page on this matter.
Having a patchwork system where some New Mexico counties are awarding marriage licenses to same sex couples while others are not is problematic. It’s worth noting that the Supreme Court refused to fast-track this issue a few months ago, which arguably led to the situation we have today.
Regardless, we’re glad to see that the state’s five-member Supreme Court has finally decided to weigh in on this controversial issue.

Tragic end for firefighter

The search for a missing U.S. Forest Service firefighter in the Santa Fe National Forest ended late Friday morning with the discovery of his body in a remote area.
It appears that 41-year-old Token Adams, was killed in an ATV crash. Adams disappeared Aug. 30 while checking a report of smoke. Hundreds of volunteers spent a week combing through the forest. He leaves behind a pregnant wife and a young son.
Adams’ death is a somber reminder of the danger that all first responders face when they answer the call for help. We should never lose sight of the fact that firefighters, police officers, paramedics and all other first responders put their lives on the line every day.
So the next time you run into one of them, thank them for the job they do.