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New Mexico – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Documentation of Discrimination


In 2003, the New Mexico legislature amended its Human Rights Act (the “Act”), originally adopted in 1978, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations and consumer credit. The legislation passed thirteen years after its introduction and was adamantly opposed by several legislators and citizen groups, who launched a campaign to overturn it by referendum.

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