My partner of 19+ years and I are aging. We’re dealing with a number of health problems. We’re aware that if Mary Ellen loses her job, my health insurance will end that day, because the vast majority of employers in New Mexico can’t, by law, offer insurance coverage to domestic partners. We’re trying to prepare for retirement down the road. We’re wondering if our relationship will be respected within the ER, intensive care unit or coroner’s office if something should go terribly wrong. We’re considering how one of us could cope economically and deal with inheritance and similar issues if the other should become disabled or pass away.
Now, more than ever, we need the legal protections that most of you reading this take for granted. Please do what you can to help that happen. Please consider this matter with your head and your heart.