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.
Insurance 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.
“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.
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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