Domestic Partners of Retired New Mexico Gov’t, Educational Workers to Get Benefits

April 29, 2009 - 4:20 PM
The state of New Mexico has agreed to offer health care coverage to domestic partners of retired government and educational workers.
Santa Fe, N.M. (AP) - The state of New Mexico has agreed to offer health care coverage to domestic partners of retired government and educational workers.
 
The change in policy announced Tuesday will settle an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit.
 
Peter Simonson, executive director of ACLU-New Mexico, says the old policy wasn't fair to lesbian and gay employees.
 
He says the settlement covers same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners of retirees who qualify for coverage through the Retiree Health Care Authority.
 
Gov. Bill Richardson signed an executive order in 2003 extending health care benefits to same- and opposite-sex domestic partners of workers. But the authority, a separate agency, handles government and school retirees' benefits.