I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Amid constant congressional squabbling over spending and the deficit in Congress, 59 Democrats and Republicans have united in pledging to spend more money for research and prevention efforts…
A recent study of sexually-active women in California finds that socioeconomic status does not fully explain why certain groups of women in the Golden State use more effective birth-control methods than others, according to a report published in the…
According to Census Bureau data and an analysis by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, New Mexico has the fifth-highest proportion of same-sex couples among the states: 9.8 out of 1,000 households are headed by a same-sex…
Nationally, Republican support for gay marriage has been on the rise, made clear this year as various states grapple with efforts to ban gay marriage while others move to legalize it. In several states, GOP leaders’ votes made the difference on key LGBT equality measures.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., released a video Tuesday announcing that he will support legislation that would effectively repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The legislation, called the Respect for Marriage Act, is sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and progressive groups have been pressuring their senators to cosponsor the legislation.
A survey of more than 1,000 Republicans by Public Policy Polling shows that self-identified members of the party support legal rights for same-sex couples even if they aren’t backing gay marriage.
Clovis Municipal Schools approved an application to form a gay-straight alliance at Clovis High School Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico announced.
Progressive groups are stepping up efforts to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, the legislation that says no state can be required to recognize same-sex marriage. The groups are asking New Mexico Sens. Tom Udall and Jeff Bingaman, both Democrats, to support a repeal of the controversial law.
The Clovis School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to end all extracurricular clubs from meeting during school hours. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico says the decision comes as a way to stop a Gay-Straight Alliance from forming at Clovis High School.
Clovis High School may end all non-curricular clubs rather than allow a gay-straight alliance to form at the eastern New Mexico high school, the American Civil Liberties Union in New Mexico claims. The school superintendent told the Albuquerque Journal that a vote Tuesday night on whether to disband all non-curricular clubs is unrelated to an attempt to form a gay-straight alliance at the school.
The U.S. House Subcommittee on the Constitution is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday titled “Defending Marriage,” called by subcommittee chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who has recently called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama because of his decision to order his administration to no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Among the hundreds of bills introduced so far in the state House and Senate are four from Republicans hoping to restrict marriage in New Mexico, including three separate pieces of legislation that seek to define marriage as between “one man and one woman.”
The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the U.S. military’s policy of banning openly gay servicemembers, was signed into law late last year. Nevertheless, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has already introduced a bill that would require the signature of chiefs of the four branches of the military to sign off on the repeal as well. Republican Rep. Steve Pearce is among 18 cosponsors of the bill.
Today’s shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has elicited reaction from the Human Rights Campaign and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, on which she serves, as well as at least one Tea Party group, which was quick to condemn the attack.
Susana Martinez is reviewing whether to keep benefits for domestic partners of state workers, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Wednesday. Martinez’s spokesman told the newspaper that the new administration is reviewing all of Richardson’s executive orders.
Gay marriage advocates received some good news on Tuesday as New Mexico Attorney General Gary King issued an opinion stating that gay marriages from out of state would likely be legal here. King came to this conclusion after “a comprehensive legal analysis” by his office which said that New Mexico can recognize same-sex marriages from states where it’s legal.
The lame duck Congress won’t repeal the don’t ask, don’t tell policy that bars openly gay soldiers from serving in the military. And with Republicans taking control of the House and narrowing the Democrats’ advantage in the Senate, prospects beyond…
A federal appellate court ruled Wednesday afternoon that the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy should remain in force, at least temporarily, overturning a lower court judge’s injunction of the controversial policy, news services reported Wednesday afternoon.
The U.S. Justice Department is challenging a judge’s recent injunction of the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The paper reports the federal government is asking a federal appeals court to overturn Judge…