This election, the people of New Mexico rejected the politics of hate and fear, and sent a clear message that we value all families, not just some of them.
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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently released their annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), and this year, eight New Mexico cities are scored. This is double the number of cities scored in prior years - a change made at the request of Equality New Mexico to include cities outside of the I-25 corridor.
Equality New Mexico, ACLU of New Mexico, and ProgressNow New Mexico condemn legislation allowing discrimination on the basis of personal religious belief
"I’ve been a priest for 28 years,” said Fr. Rusty Smith, Executive Director of St. Martin's Hospitality Center. "Faith is at the center of my life, and freedom of religion is deeply important to me. But, this legislation would allow businesses to refuse to serve those who don’t share their beliefs. That just doesn’t sit right with me. Religion shouldn’t be used to hurt people, to impose one’s beliefs on others, or to discriminate.”
Domo Minaj (Dominic Lopez in the news) was fired from the Westside Albuquerque Smith's Grocery Store for wearing fake nails. In less than a working day, the local chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union stepped up to defend Domo, and was able to get Domo's job back. Details on this as reported via social media below.
Full story on KRQE News here: http://krqe.com/2015/06/07/man-says-he-was-fired-for-wearing-fake-nails/
NEWS RELEASE: EQNM Applauds Freedom to Marry on Latest Bilingual Ad Campaign: Ads to Run in Southern New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM – June 4, 2015 – This week, Freedom to Marry launched a bilingual ad campaign that will run in parts of Texas and Southern New Mexico. The ads highlight the fact that “we don’t turn our backs on family,” and that each LGTB individual is someone’s mother, daughter, sister, father, son, brother, friend, or family member.
Being a Queer Chicana growing up in Doña County, where marriage licenses were first issued to same sex couples in the state, I have seen how most of society—especially the Latino community—has continued to evolve when talking about marriage equality and LGBTQ rights. With the latest GALLUP poll showing that 72% of Latinos in the United States support marriage equality (third highest of any demographic in the U.S), I know that it is not any different here in Southern New Mexico.
A new website launched by Equality New Mexico includes an updated business directory and listing of LGBT-friendly businesses in New Mexico.
The site, eqnm.org, offers resources for individuals and small business owners wanting to connect with other businesses that serve the lesbian, gay, bi- or transgender (LGBT) community.
Albuquerque, NM – May 19, 2015 – Equality New Mexico is taking part in the national day of giving, “Give OUT Day” on Thursday, May 21st. This annual one-day giving event supports and promotes giving to LGBTQ causes and organizations.
Albuquerque, NM – May 13, 2015 – Equality New Mexico has created a one-stop shop for the LGBT community with a revamped website and an updated business directory, featuring LGBT-friendly businesses across the state of New Mexico. The site, eqnm.org, provides site visitors a wealth of resources for getting involved, finding allies in the business community, or getting connected with social and political issues facing the LGBT community.
While support for same sex marriage is at an all time high, and conversion therapy bans are being passed throughout the country (President Obama has recently called for a ban of the practice, and Exodus International recently closed their doors), the type of dialogue presented by Archbishop Sheehan is still harmful. He states, “we teach that we accept gay people with respect, compassion and sensitivity,” but such levels of respect cannot be accomplished while alienating the LGBT community and propagating the conversation that our natural inclinations and our way of expressing love within a relationship is sinful.