Tuesday, February 24, 2009
NEWS ON DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP KKIM NEWS
God Bless you Pastor Leonard.
Domestic Partnership Bill
The bill is a way to force courts to legalize same-sex marriage. The proponents of the Domestic Partnership Bill say that will not happen. However, Supreme Courts in California and Connecticut ruled that banning gay marriage was unconstitutional based upon those states having put into law a Domestic Partnership Bill.
However, in November, 2008, the state of California by a state wide referendum passed Proposition 8 which not only bans same-sex marriage but nullified legal same-sex marriages that took place since May, 2008 which the State Supreme Court ruled that laws excluding same-sex marriages were unconstitutional. So, since the passing of Proposition 8 in California the State Attorney General is encouraging the Supreme Court to overturn the will of the people in Proposition 8.
The State of New Mexico has no such Referendum procedure. Once it is passed by the Senators, House of Representatives and signed by the Governor, it is law without redress by the populace.
Even though some states have domestic partnership or civil union laws, two states (Connecticut and Massachusetts) allow same-sex marriage.
However, more states have laws or constitutional provisions prohibiting same-sex marriage. In fact, according to National Conference of State Legislatures, New Mexico joins just 4 other states who do not have laws or constitutions that define marriage as between 1 man and 1 woman. In fact, since California passed Proposition 8, the marriage licenses have had to be changed from Client A and Client B, to Man and Woman.
According to an article in the Sante Fe New Mexican, Bill Sharer, R- Farmington, tried to craft a compromise in a recent legislative session that would have given couples who live together -- including homosexual couples -- virtually all the rights that married couples have, including hospital visits, inheritance rights and other legal and financial rights. But his legislation would have defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. Gay-rights advocates opposed that, which Sharer said convinced him they want a domestic-partnership bill to be an opening to force courts to legalize gay marriage.
Sharer said his opposition to the domestic-partnership bill is based on the fact that through most of recorded history "from the days of Confucius and Aristotle," he said -- marriage has been considered a union of one man and one woman. "It's not just a Christian thing," he said. "It predates Christianity.”
In New Mexico, a domestic partnership measure narrowly passed the House last year but failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
This year, supporters adopted a new strategy by trying initially to get the bill through the Senate. They hope that the election of several new Democratic senators will improve the proposal's chances for approval. The House of Representatives has already shown that if the Senate passes SB 12, they have the votes to pass the bill in the House then it’s on to Governor Richardson who is on the record as stating he will sign the bill into law. And, remember, New Mexico has no referendum procedure for the people of New Mexico (whose majority say they are NOT in favor of the bill) to voice their collective opinion on a Domestic Partnership law.
Senate Bill, SB 12, will be voted on by the entire Senate of New Mexico on Thursday, February 26th.
Please voice your opposition to this bill:
This is something opposed by the vast majority of New Mexicans.
Governor Bill Richardson
Lt. Governor Diane Denish
1-800-432-4406 or 505-476-2250
For those of you that are planning to attend the proceedings in Santa Fe, the Senate session begins at 10 AM. The Gallery will fill up early. Come as early as possible to get a seat. Please wear a plain white t-shirt to show your opposition to SB 12.
Thank you for all of your efforts in defending life, marriage and families. Thanks to all who made calls and sent emails today.
Compiled from “El Paso Times”, “Sante Fe New Mexican” and www.mykkim.com
By Leonard Navarre, Associate Pastor, Valley View Christian Church, Edgewood, NM and Reporter for KKIM News and Views.
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The News team at KKIM
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