New Mexico

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in the States

New Mexico
Full Statewide LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in New Mexico:

Since 2003, LGBTQ non-discrimination in New Mexico has protected people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. 

The Path to LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in New Mexico:

  • 1985: Governor Toney Anaya issues an executive order prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public employment.
  • May 10, 2003: Governor Bill Richardson signs a law enacting statewide comprehensive non-discrimination laws, protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
  • 2006: Vanessa Willock files a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission, claiming discrimination by local photographers who told her she only participated in “traditional weddings.” An appeal is filed by the photographer, seeking a religious exemption from the state’s LGBTQ non-discrimination law. 
  • June 2012: The New Mexico Court of Appeals rejects the defendant’s appeal, thereby upholding the state’s non-discrimination law. The defendants appeal to the state’s Supreme Court.
  • August 22, 2013: The New Mexico Supreme Court upholds the lower court’s decision. The defendants appeal for their case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • April 7, 2014: The U.S. Supreme Court announces it will not hear the case, preserving New Mexico’s inclusive non-discrimination law.

Last Updated February 7, 2018