SANTA FE (KRQE) - Supporters of domestic partnership rights said their massive 825page bill could be introduced Monday in Santa Fe during the regularsession.
Todd McElroy of Equality New Mexico, an organization supporting the bill, said it will giveunmarried couples, gay or straight, the same rights and benefits asmarried couples.
"Those are the property rights, rights of inheritance,medical decisions making, and those sorts of things that areautomatically bestowed with a marriage license," McElroy said.
McElroy said this year's bill has grown so much because itspells out the more than 300 rights given to married couples in thestate.
"I think the 800 page illustration just goes to shows allthose things we take for granted when folks go to get marriagelicenses," he said.
The one thing the bill leaves out is any language aboutmarriage, which is something critics pounced on last year.
McElroy said the bill's length should not sway votes.
"This is a piece of civil rights legislation, so it is alwaysthe right time," McElroy said.
The New Mexican Conference of Catholic Bishops said they donot support the bill.
The organization spoke out against domestic partnershiplegislation last year as well.
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