March 10, 2005

WILL HE END HIS PRESIDENTIAL BID SO SOON?:

Senate passes bill defining marriage (Steve Terrell, March 10, 2005, The New Mexican)

Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he was disappointed that the state Senate passed a bill prohibiting same-sex marriage without including provisions for "domestic partnerships" that would give same-sex couples some of the same rights as married couples.

However, Richardson refused to say whether he'd sign or veto Senate Bill 597, sponsored by Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, which passed the Senate on Wednesday

25-12. SB 597 adds the words "between a man and a woman" to a state law that defines marriage as a civil contract.

"It's still hypothetical," said Richardson spokesman Billy Sparks, noting the bill still must go through the House before it reaches the governor's desk.

As a congressman, Richardson voted for the federal Defense of Marriage Act in the 1990s. He has said he would sign similar state legislation, but that he also wanted legislation that would establish domestic partnerships.


Which side does he alienate? The permissive Democratic core? Or the rest of the country?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2005 4:31 PM
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The rest of the country.

Posted by: pchuck at March 10, 2005 4:58 PM

His best bet is to sign the bill, and then switch parties. He can praise Clinton, and then damn the current state of the party.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 10, 2005 5:10 PM

"Domestic partnerships" are doomed to failure--at least as the SSM folks see them.

My employer quietly added "same sex unmarried partner" to its health plan a couple years ago. Sooner or later, some guy (or gal) who is living with --but not married to--an opposite-sex partner is going to sue for sexual discrimination. When that happens, the wheels are gonna fall off.

Posted by: ray at March 10, 2005 8:08 PM

Many health care plans provide for domestic partners of whatever sex. It's only good business.

The GOP should push these rather silly initiatives wherever possible because they serve to force Democratic politicians to decide between their contributors and their voters, not a pleasant place to be.

Posted by: Bart at March 11, 2005 8:46 AM
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