Legislators Celebrate Signing Of HB 31 And HB 207 Friday At The Roundhouse

Celebrating the signing into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of HB 31 and HB 207 Friday at the Roundhouse are, back row from left, Rep. Christine Chandler, lobbyist Linda Siegle, Equality NM lobbyist Mariana Anaya and LGBTQ+ community leader Bunnie Wells Cruse. Front row: Sen. Leo Jaramillo, Gov. Lujan Grisham, Rep. Kristina Ortez of Taos and Marshall Martinez, executive director of Equality NM. ‘By passing and signing HB 31 and HB 207 into law, we are sending a clear message to queer and trans New Mexicans all across our state that their lives, their voices and their existence matters,’ said Sen. Jaramillo. HB 30, sponsored by Rep. Chandler eliminates the requirement for publication of name changes. HB 207 extends the scope of the Human Rights Act and expands the list of protected classes to include gender. Courtesy photo