New Mexico Moves Forward on Domestic Partnerships

Timothy Kincaid

January 24th, 2008

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The Las Cruces Sun-News is reporting that the New Mexico state House of Representatives voted to establish domestic partnerships.

The House approved the measure on a mostly party-line 33-31 vote. Two Republicans supported the bill and seven Democrats opposed it.

The state Senate has a Democrat majority (24 – 18) and if the vote mirrors that of the House, the bill could become law. It has the backing of Governor Bill Richardson.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the Senate would approve the proposal.

Although the legislature has chosen to use the language of “Domestic Parner”, a practice most common on the West Coast, the language of the bill provides that:

A. Domestic partners shall be entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits as are afforded or recognized, now or in the future, by the laws of the state to spouses, former spouses, widows or widowers, whether they derive from statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil or criminal law.

However, Domestic Partners do have to file state income tax returns under the same provisions as their federal income tax returns, i.e. as legal strangers.

bobbie kees

April 10th, 2011

what the hell is this ? my family is looking to adopt a turtle and looking online to obtain information and this website pops up… why don’t you gay and lesbians keep your websites as a gay and lesbian site…. no need to call it cute little names so kids or other people get into your business.

Timothy Kincaid

April 11th, 2011

Bobbie,

It’s because box turtles all support gay rights. They voted on it. Didn’t you hear?

You may want to get an iguana instead. Lizards tend to agree with you that “kids or other people” need to be shielded from information about civil rights.

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