Insurance equality ordered for gay marriage

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By Associated Press

SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico’s insurance regulator has directed insurers to provide same-sex married couples with the same benefits and discounts offered to opposite-sex married couples.
Insurance Superintendent John Franchini said Wednesday couples with valid marriage licenses — regardless of their sexual orientation or gender — must be treated equally and without discrimination by insurers.
Eight counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the state Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit on whether gay marriage is legal statewide.
State law doesn’t explicitly authorize or prohibit gay and lesbian couples from being married.