NM: Domestic partnerships battle resumes; clears 1st hurdle

Carlsbad Current-Argus:

Unmarried couples would get the same rights and privileges as their married counterparts under a bill recommended Wednesday by a Senate Committee.The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to recommend passage of Senate Bill 12, also known as the Domestic Partners Rights & Responsibilities Act . . .

Brian Raum, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund — a national Christian legal organization based in Arizona which is representing photographer Elaine Huguenin in the ongoing case — told the lawmakers, “Domestic partnerships is on a crash course with religious liberty.” . . .