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N.M. insurance regulator orders equal coverage for married same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

SANTA FE, N.M. — Insurance companies in New Mexico must provide same-sex married couples with the same discounts and benefits offered to opposite-sex married couples, the state insurance regulator announced Wednesday.

New-MexicoInsurance Superintendent John Franchini said couples with valid marriage licenses – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender – must be treated equally and without discrimination by insurers.

“This is an important step forward for New Mexico,” Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said in a statement.

“Superintendent Franchini’s guidance appears to be the first official statement that the marriages of same-sex couples will be respected by a New Mexico state agency in carrying out its enforcement duties,” said Minter.

Eight counties have started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since late August, and the state Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit that could determine whether gay marriage is legal statewide.

State statutes do not explicitly authorize or prohibit gay and lesbian couples from being married.

In his directive to insurers, Franchini cited an equal rights provision in the New Mexico Constitution and a recent state Supreme Court ruling that a commercial photography business owned by opponents of same-sex marriage violated a state anti-discrimination law by refusing to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. yeah, but multiple cavity searches for suspected DUIs!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:15am
  2. YES…..the rest of the country needs to FOLLOW.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:16am
  3. Agreed lmao

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:30am
  4. As it should be.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:45am
  5. Boy that ought to piss off the Governor! Yes…

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:47am
  6. Yay!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 4:44am
  7. Some things in this Entrapment make sense, and a lot of other things do not.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 5:21am
  8. So…that doesn’t change state law!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 5:35am
  9. Good job. One more step towards equality in New Mexico.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:50am
  10. Good !! Great Flag !!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 1:02pm
  11. Adam and Steve score again.

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 1:35pm
  12. oh yes the insurance companies know to get money!!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 1:47pm
  13. now only gay marriage should be legalized officially!!

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 3:43pm
  14. Amen…..

    Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 5:33pm