Two votes no on domestic partners issue

New Mexico lawmakers published a questionnaire in Sunday’s newspaper asking constituents a series of questions.

One asked “Do you support all the same rights for domestic partners as for husband/wife couples?”

Here’s an answer, from Bob Baker:

“This a pretty tough issue. Personally, I have problems with the social impacts of openly recognizing domestic partners. Things like raising children through K-12 and onward by couples of the same sex have a definite impact on their upbringing and the mental attitudes. It’s a hard road for children to face when both parents are the same sex. It sits “outside the box” of accepted social behavior and results in peer pressures, which can mold the child’s character in the wrong direction. …

“Society should be trying to avoid this situation rather than encouraging it. If this bill were to prevent adoption of young children (younger than 12) so as to avoid this possible impact, I might be more in favor of it.”

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Here’s an answer, from Frank Dalton:

“The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is an abomination unto the Lord. Gender does not matter. The Bible also states clearly that a man living with a woman without the blessing of marriage is fornication, and those people will also be denied heaven. To support a measure granting the same rights as husband/wife couples would be denying God’s Word, and as stated in the Bible, God himself. I would certainly be loath to place myself in that position.”

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Glenda Price, a contributing editor to New Mexico Stockman magazine since 1982, joins our stable of columnists on Friday.

Her weekly reports will be available at no charge on Freedom New Mexico Web sites. Look in the Opinion section beginning Friday.

This week’s column will focus on some folks she’s known who have been, say, a little larger than life.

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We’ll be adding two new bloggers to our Web site in the coming weeks.

Mike Higgns has been one of the Golden Spread’s biggest sports fans the past five decades. His “Short Rutts” blog should be live any day now.

Andy Kastelic, a theater major at Eastern New Mexico University, will be writing about his passion for film in a blog not yet named. That will go live before month’s end.

Look for all our bloggers under “Blogs” in the blue bar at the top of the home page.

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David Lansford has been Clovis’ mayor the last 12 years. He’s stepping down in March and the Clovis News Journal is planning an in-depth report on the life and times of the man some say has been the city’s most influential citizen for a decade.

Do you know any David Lansford stories? Do you know what inspires him? What makes him laugh? What makes him cry, or makes him mad?

We could use the input.

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