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New Mexico Domestic Partnership Bill Killed for 2010

A Senate panel in New Mexico killed chances for a domestic partnership bill to pass there in 2010, the New Mexico Independent reports

Newmexico  "With a 7-4 vote the Senate Finance Committee tabled one of the most-watched bills of the 2010 regular session. For nearly three weeks, strong opinions have swirled around domestic partnerships legislation, but supporters vow that it will be back in 2011. 'Realistically my sense is that it’s done for this year,' said Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe. 'It’s gonna happen, it’s just a matter of when.' Wirth was the sponsor of the 800-page bill and steered it through one Senate committee before its defeat Monday night in Senate Finance. The tabling vote strikes a blow to Gov. Bill Richardson who made extending many of the same rights enjoyed by married couples to gays and lesbians part of his legislative agenda."

The bill will likely reappear next year, for another go round.


New Mexico Senate Kills Bill Giving Equal Rights to Gays

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After brief debate, a bill that would have given registered domestic partners in New Mexico the same rights as married couples was rejected yesterday, despite last minute re-writes to the bill:

Nm2 "Supporters of the bill did a last-minute rewrite to remove references that could be construed as marriage-related, but that wasn't enough to win the necessary votes. Ten Democrats joined the chamber's 15 Republicans to defeat the bill 25-17. 'I'm disappointed by the Senate's actions today in defeating what is fundamentally an issue of civil rights and equality,' said Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, who has been pushing the legislation for several years. The bill has gotten snared in the Senate for the past couple of years, although the House has passed it previously. It would have allowed gay or straight unmarried couples to register as domestic partners and have the same legal protections and benefits as married couples. There are still three weeks left in the legislative session, but it appeared unlikely the measure could be revived. 'If you're mad, you should be mad,' Linda Siegle, a lobbyist for Equality New Mexico, told a dejected crowd outside the Capitol. 'The people in this building said you are not equal, you are not worthy, you do not deserve the same rights as most of them have.' Siegle said religious groups were influential in the bill's defeat."

Equality New Mexico's  Siegle and Peter Simonson of the ACLU address supporters after the vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

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New Mexico Domestic Partner Bill Dies in Committee

A tie vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee halted the advancement of a domestic partner bill in New Mexico which was approved by a Public Affairs committee last week.

NewmexicoThe bill is technically still alive, the Las Cruces Sun News reports:

"Gov. Bill Richardson hasn't given up on getting it passed during the 60-day session. 'We're just going to have to keep working. ... We'd like to get it to a floor vote,' said Eric Witt, the governor's legislative liaison. 'From the governor's viewpoint, this is an issue of fundamental human rights, and we'll keep fighting for it,' he said. But the Judiciary Committee would remain a roadblock. 'We need one more vote in that committee to get it out, and we don't think we can get it,' said Linda Siegle, a lobbyist for Equality New Mexico. The bill would give certain unmarried couples — homosexual or heterosexual — the same legal protections and benefits as married couples. Opponents say it would, in effect, legally recognize gay marriage...One Democrat, Sen. Richard Martinez of Española, joined the four Republicans on the judiciary panel to block the bill on a 5-5 vote. Yet another Democrat, Bernadette Sanchez of Albuquerque, was not in the committee room for the vote but said later she also is opposed to the legislation. She would vote against it if it were to come up again, she said."


Bill Richardson Withdraws as Commerce Secretary Nominee

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has declined Obama's nomination as Commerce Secretary because of a grand jury investigation in his home state:

Obama_richardson"The grand jury has been investigating 'pay-to-play' allegations concerning a New Mexico state contract awarded to a California firm that has contributed to three political committees formed by Richardson, The Associated Press reported last month. A source close to Richardson told Politico, 'There are too many unanswered questions and while he thinks the results of the grand jury will turn out in his favor, he doesn't want to distract attention from the administration.'"

ABC's Jake Tapper reports that the Obama team felt that Richardson was not forthcoming about the investigation prior to his nomination, though Richardson's camp disagrees:

"President-elect Obama did not ask Richardson to withdraw his name from consideration, sources from both camps say, but the fact that the confirmation seemed untenable in the short term was apparent to everyone involved."

National Latino leaders are pressing for another Hispanic nominee: "Within hours of Richardson pulling his name for secretary of commerce, the head of the League of United Latin American Citizens had compiled a list of 10 Latino elected officials and corporate CEOs that would be offered to the Obama transition team. The list included Rep. Xavier Beccera (D-Calif.), who turned down the U.S. trade representative post, Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez and Miami Mayor Manny Diaz."

An MSNBC report on Richardson's withdrawal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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road.jpg SURVEY: Most Americans favor gay adoptions, openly gay military service. "The Pulse of Equality survey, commissioned by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and released today, shows a majority of Americans favors a broad range of policies and protections for gays, as well as supporting them as adoptive parents. More than six in 10 would allow openly gay people to serve in the military. Another 63 percent favor expanding hate laws to include gays, lesbians and transgender people. Also, 69 percent support gays adopting."

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road.jpg What was behind the Prop. 102 gay marriage loss in Arizona? "In last month's vote, the proponents of Prop. 102 shed their financial disadvantage, receiving over $7 million in contributions and swamping the mere $600,000 raised by the opposition. And they ran what Herrod describes as a 'first class campaign,' with five television ads and even more radio spots. The ads highlighted the simplicity of the ballot initiative and cast doubt on the opposition's argument that Arizona statutory law already defined marriage as between a man and a woman. With courts in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and neighboring California delivering gay marriage to their states by judicial fiat, proponents of traditional marriage in Arizona could see the need to enshrine the definition of marriage in the state constitution. California voters themselves saw the need, approving a ballot initiative last month that nullified the imposition of gay marriage by the state's supreme court in May. Sam Holdren, public affairs director of Equality Arizona, which opposed Prop. 102, blamed California's ballot initiative for fundraising difficulties in Arizona. 'We were only able to talk to a limited number of voters with a very narrow message,' said Holdren, while the supporters 'were able to inundate people's mailboxes and phones. They had a lot of money to run a really effective campaign.'"


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