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N.M. governor criticized for vetoing bill to assist partners of gay service members

Monday, April 8, 2013

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing criticism over her veto of legislation that would have required the state to expedite the occupational and professional licenses of domestic partners of gay military service members.

The Republican governor signed into law a nearly identical measure but it applies only to spouses of military members — not domestic partners in a same-sex relationship.

Susana Martinez

The legislature sent Martinez two versions of the same bill, HB180 and SB258, making it easier for the state to help our active duty and retired service members and their spouses obtain professional services, according to Patrick Davis, Executive Director of Progress Now New Mexico, the state’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.

“The only difference? The Senate version contained an amendment, offered by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (the state’s only openly gay member), to be sure domestic partners of gay service members would be covered too,” said Davis, in a statement.

On Friday, Martinez vetoed the version to extend help to partners of gay service members.

A spokesman for the governor said Monday that Martinez would have signed the proposal had it included a definition of domestic partner that met guidelines established by the Defense Department. The vetoed proposal contained no definition of a domestic partner.

Progress Now New Mexico said there’s no excuse for the veto when gays and lesbians can openly serve in the military.

“The rest of the country has moved forward and understands the sacrifice our proud gay service members make,” said Davis. “There is no excuse in today’s age for signing a bill that intentionally thumbs one’s nose at our gay soldiers unless you believe that their service and sacrifice is somehow less important.”

Martinez signed HB180 on March 26. She vetoed SB258 on Friday when time to act on legislation from the 2013 legislative session had expired.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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24 more reader comments:

  1. Ah, but doncha know that New Mexico is known as the Land of Entrapment when it comes to Gays and Lesbians. This is not the gay friendly state our Hollywood friends would lead us to believe, not as far as the GOP is concerned. Don’t let them fool ya. I lived in El Paso for too long and had to drive thru the God-forsaken place too many times to know.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:39pm
  2. i am NOT “liking ” this. wtf is this chics problem?!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:39pm
  3. Evil bitch!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:41pm
  4. I hope Karma is a bigger bitch than her!!!!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:42pm
  5. Minority against minority…. i will never understand this mentality.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:44pm
  6. Most Republicans are ugly.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:45pm
  7. PIG.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:50pm
  8. F#$k the New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 1:52pm
  9. she’s playing to her base

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:03pm
  10. The simple fact is . . . she’s a bigot! Oh, she’ll have her reasons, the narrow-minded always do, but, a bigot is a bigot is a bigot! She, and others like her, rather than hiding behind lame excuses, needs to just stand up proudly and state the obvious: I’m a bigot!!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:04pm
  11. karma will come back to her

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:05pm
  12. ts funny how these people don’t understand how much the economy of their State increases when more people are working. Gov. Kasich got it in OH when he signed a bill to allow individuals that were formally incarcerated to use training gained during their prison time to apply for occupational licenses. It is not an easy process but one that will allow people to get jobs and make a living. It’s like folks like Gov. Martinez want to keep people down instead of giving them an avenue to be productive and not have to depend on the State. Nothing like promoting “co-dependency” and bigotry!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:10pm
  13. republican bitch

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:11pm
  14. Throw her a** out of office.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:16pm
  15. your a real asshole you friggin bitch

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:18pm
  16. BITCH!!!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:20pm
  17. Finally showing Her true colors.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:27pm
  18. Bring on the next election !!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:28pm
  19. Figures! Typical Republican

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 2:41pm
  20. How can she live with herself? Especially since she is a minority herself?

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 3:30pm
  21. So much for “Support Our Troops!”

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 4:35pm
  22. the irony is that last poll I saw, 64% of people in New Mexico support gay marriage – yet another example of a politician not respecting the wishes of the people. I just hope all those people that voted for her simply because she is Hispanic will actually pay attention this time around. She is one of the worst governors we have had in many many years.

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 5:33pm
  23. She will be out in 2014

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 5:54pm
  24. Good! She should b criticized!

    Posted on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:17pm