New Mexico governor's veto draws controversy

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April 15, 2013

New Mexico

By Joel Williams

Santa Fe, New Mexico: Gov. Susana Martinez (R) came under fire from same-sex marriage proponents after her actions on a pair of bills earlier this month. The Legislature passed two separate bills, both aimed at expediting the licensing process for spouses of military personnel relocating to the state. The governor vetoed the bill that afforded this assistance for all domestic couples, but then later signed into law the other bill giving this assistance to heterosexual couples.[1] A spokesman for Martinez stated that the governor vetoed the bill because the term "domestic partner" was undefined in the legislation's language.[2]

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