This page contains state-specific research for the state of New Mexico:
- By Jordan Blair Woods, Brad Sears, Christy MallorySeptember 2016“Gay panic” and “transgender panic” defenses have been asserted by defendants in criminal trials throughout the U.S. since the 1960s. In these cases, defendants have argued that their violent behavior was a rational response to discovering that the victim was LGBT. The defenses are rooted in irrational fears based on homophobia and transphobia, and send the message that violence against LGBT people is understandable and acceptable. When successful, these defenses have resulted in murder charges being reduced to manslaughter or another lesser offense. To date, only one state, California, has banned defendants from asserting gay or transgender panic defense by statute. In this brief, Williams Institute scholars present model language, based on the language adopted in California, that other states may use to eliminate use of the defenses through legislation. The model legislation offers language to prohibit defendants from using gay and trans panic defenses under each of the major defenses theories of provocation, insanity/diminished capacity, and self-defense. In addition, the brief provides an overview of the ways in which the defenses have been asserted in trials throughout the last several decades, and evaluates potential constitutional challenges to state legislation eliminating use of the defenses.
- By Andrew R. Flores, Jody L. Herman, Gary J. Gates, and Taylor N. T. BrownJune 2016Utilizing data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which includes representative state-level surveys, Williams Institute scholars provide up-to-date estimates of the percentage and number of adults who identify as transgender in the United States. Approximately 0.6% of adults in the United States, or 1.4 million individuals, identify as transgender. The study also provides the first ever state-level estimates of the number and percentage of adults who identify as transgender for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Differences exist in the percentage of adults who identify as transgender among the states, ranging from 0.3% in North Dakota to 0.8% in Hawaii. Differences by age also exist, with younger adults more likely to identify as transgender than older adults. An estimated 0.7% of adults ages 18 to 24, 0.6% of adults ages 25 to 64, and 0.5% of adults ages 65 and older identify as transgender.
- By Erin Fitzgerald and Steven K. HomerDecember 2013Extending marriage rights to same-sex couples in New Mexico would bring an estimated $20.4 million to the state economy over the first three years. According to the most recent U.S. Census, there are currently 5,825 same-sex couples living in New Mexico. Of those couples, 50 percent or an estimated 2,913 marriage licenses would be issued within the first three years of the passage of marriage equality.
- Press Release October 23, 2013
- Brad SearsFebruary 2010This analysis presented before the Finance Committee of the New Mexico Senate estimates the impact on New Mexico’s state budget of allowing same-sex couples to register as domestic partners.
- MemorandumSeptember 2009This report documents public sector employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in New Mexico. The report is part of a 15 chapter study that documents a widespread and persistent pattern of unconstitutional discrimination by state governments against LGBT people.
- By Adam P. Romero, Clifford J. Rosky, M.V. Lee Badgett, Gary J. GatesApril 2008Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children based on data from Census 2000.
- By M.V. Lee BadgettJanuary 2008In this memo, Williams Institute Research Director Lee Badgett explores the economic implications of New Mexico's HB9 for businesses. Her findings suggest that businesses reap some financial benefits of treating employees with domestic partners equally and that the costs incurred by businesses are quite small.
- By M.V. Lee Badgett, Brad Sears, Steven K. Homer, Patrice Curtis, Elizabeth KukuraMarch 2006This report finds that giving marriage rights to same-sex couples in New Mexico will have a positive impact on the state budget. The study estimates that the state would save up to $1.5 million to $2 million each year for the state.