AHA News |  

Uncertainties remain for same-sex couples married in Doña Ana County

Doña Ana County in New Mexico has made national news this week due to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses despite no state law allowing it. A celebrant certified by the AHA's Humanist Society is mentioned in this local news story about the issue.

LAS CRUCES >> Doña Ana County on Thursday wrapped up its second day of issuing same-sex marriage licenses, as some questioned what the decision means for the couples themselves and the larger debate about gay marriage within New Mexico.

"The bottom line is we're not entirely clear who could actually challenge the Doña Ana County clerk's decision," said Peter Simonson, executive director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico. 

.
.
.

Local artist Bob Diven, also a certified humanist clergyman through the American Humanist Association, was at the county building on Motel Boulevard offering to officiate for couples who wanted weddings. By 1 p.m., he'd conducted seven same-sex ceremonies and one marriage of a straight couple who indicated they'd been holding off on their own marriage until gay marriage was allowed, he said.

Diven said he felt moved to help out same-sex couples.

"If people find something that makes them happy, I just feel like, who has the right to deny them that?" he said. 

To read this entire El Paso Times story, click here.

 

American Humanist Association

Phil Robertson's most recent hateful comments about non-theists and rape were ou...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

We are happy to announce the 2015 AHA Keynote Speaker for this year's annual con...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

We're happy to welcome a new chapter, Northeast Ohio Humanist Association, to th...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Birthday to the incredible Gloria Steinem! Gloria was AHA's 2012 Humanist...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

We want to hear from you! Please take a minute to complete this survey on the A...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

For those who "liked" our page today after watching last night's CNN segment on...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

This website is so cool! You can buy a t-shirt, poster or tote with the entire...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

Our friends at the United Church of Bacon (yes, it's real!) were recently discri...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Do you think public schools should continue to observe religious holidays?

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

More Americans are turning away from organized religion! Watch AHA Communication...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

The new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt adds a little humor to doomsday...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Over half of the population in the US would not support an atheist presidential...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Our friends Harry and Charlotte Shaughnessy of the Triangle Freethought Society...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Join the community that led activists like Steve Ahlquist and others to a deeper...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Have a great weekend, happy humanists! #dayofhappiness

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

"Do You Believe?" the latest Christian film just released today in theaters, app...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Have you seen "Chappie"? Tell us what you thought.

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

The AHA conference is right around the corner and we can't wait! Join us in De...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Episode 19 of the Cartoon History of Humanism is out now!

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Which major U.S. cities have the most religiously unaffiliated residents?

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Latest Huffington Post article from AHA Executive Director, Roy Speckhardt. Whe...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Through a cooperative program between Foundation Beyond Belief and the American...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

If you're planning to attend the AHA Conference in Denver in May and you live in...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

What do specific groups think about scientific issues?

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Trying to ban marriage for any non-religious person? What is the deal Oklahoma?

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Brotherhood that breeds hate for their fellow Humans. How do these groups still...

11 days ago