She Zigs Where Her Paper Zags

February 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

By Tracy Dingmann

With her Feb. 11 “UpFront” column on state health benefits for domestic partners,  (Read: “Partners Fret Over State Benefits”) Joline Gutierrez-Krueger once again zigs where the Journal zags.

Gutierrez Krueger writes about the possibility that Gov. Martinez may seek to overturn a 2003 Richardson executive order that extended state domestic partner benefits to unmarried couples in a committed relationship, whether gay or straight.

(Twenty states and hundreds of municipalities, counties, private companies, organizations and universities now offer domestic partnership benefits to their employees — among them the city of Albuquerque and Albuquerque Public Schools.)

By detailing the real-life struggles and worries of two lesbian couples struggling with problems familiar to most of us, the former Tribune reporter and columnist made real the kind of impact that rescinding the order could have on hundreds, maybe thousands of New Mexico families.

To use a tired but apt journalistic cliché, Gutierrez Krueger “put a face” on a threatened policy change that might sound good during a campaign or in a scolding editorial about the budget – but which would, in fact, impact thousands of hard-working New Mexican families.

And she adds a bit of common sense/opinion that’s hard to argue with:

Martinez is right to question the wisdom of her predecessor’s handiwork, dismantling the bad and improving the good as she goes.

But what is there to consider here? Employees are employees. Families are families, whether they are headed by one mommy or two, one daddy or two.

We knew that in 2003; we ought to know that in 2011.

Thanks, Joline.

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