Domestic partnership bill fails in committee - Alamogordo Daily News
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.
''To me, it's bait and switch,'' said Kevin Haney, pastor of Word of Life Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, who lobbied against the proposal. ''They're using one name, but really meaning something else.''
A sponsor of the bill, Judiciary Chairman Cisco McSorley of Albuquerque, disputes that, saying it doesn't provide for legal marriage.
There was no discussion before the committee voted on the measure.
This is typical of part time legislators. They don't spend much time actually debating the legislation, they get a brief, they go to Santa Fe, and they vote. I think that it belittles the system.
But aside from that, this guy from Rio Rancho cracks me up. This is far from a 'gay marriage' bill. It's simply providing equal access to state benefits. We'll get there soon.