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New Mexico Breaks Senate Committee Block on Domestic Partnerships

Timothy Kincaid

February 17th, 2009

nm-flag.jpgIn January 2008 the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bill to establish Domestic Partnerships. However, that bill became locked up the the Senate Judiciary Committee.

This year, supporters started with the Senate, though acknowledging that they did not supporting votes in the Judiciary this time either.

But something unusual has happened. The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to send the bill to the full Senate without either a favorable or negative recommendation. This allowed Sen. Bernadette Sanchez, D-Albuquerque, to continue to deny her support while allowing the bill to advance.

It is uncertain if the Senate will approve the bill, but Governor Bill Richardson has made it a priority.

“I feel strongly that it’s a matter of human rights and civil rights,” Richardson said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We should strongly support it and I’ll work very hard to get it done.”

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