State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Civil Rights

Mick Rich: Public leaders need to set example to help diffuse racism

Black Congressional leaders refused to attend the grand opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Saturday because President Trump attended. This only worsens racial division. Our nation must pull together. We are one people, of many colors.
Source: Facebook posting on 2018 New Mexico Senate race Dec 11, 2017

Susana Martinez: People should vote on gay marriage, not leave it to Court

Governor Susana Martinez reiterated her opposition to gay marriage following a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing such unions in the state. The state's highest court declared "barring individuals from marrying and depriving them of the rights, protections, and responsibilities of civil marriage solely because of their sexual orientation violates the Equal Protection Clause of the New Mexico Constitution," making New Mexico the 17th state to legalize gay marriage.

Martinez said in statement that the issue "should have been settled by a vote of the people. Instead, the Supreme Court stepped in and rendered their decision."

"As we move forward, I am hopeful that we will not be divided, as we must come together to tackle very pressing issues," she added.

Source: On Top Magazine on 2014 New Mexico Governor race Dec 20, 2013

Joe Cervantes: Civil unions ok; same-sex marriage ok

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: No.

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Mexico's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Mexico's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Source: New Mexico 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Hector Balderas: Absolutely supports gay marriage

In an interview with KNME's Gwyneth Doland, State Auditor Hector Balderas, who is running in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, said he "absolutely" supported gay marriage.

"Absolutely. But more importantly than that, I've been advocating for civil rights for almost all my life," said Balderas. "I'm an attorney, I was a prosecutor that fought hard for victims' rights. So, any type of discrimination in this country really needs to be addressed swiftly."

Source: New Mexico Independent, "Gay Marriage" Aug 1, 2011

Bill Richardson: Extend Domestic Partnership rights as anti-discrimination

It's time to fully extend Domestic Partnership rights. A committed couple, who agrees to spend their lives together, deserves equal protection under the law. And as I've said before and I will say again--As a state whose diversity is its strength, we cannot accept discrimination in any form.
Source: New Mexico 2010 State of the State Address Jan 19, 2010

Bill Richardson: Let gay and lesbian servicemembers serve openly

In Richardsonís first term as Governor, he threatened to veto a New Mexico DOMA-type law, unless it was enacted alongside civil unions. (It was never necessary.) He is also for letting gay and lesbian servicemembers serve openly in our Armed Forces, and said so during the ďDonít Ask/Donít TellĒ debates in the 90ís. He extended civil rights laws to homosexuals and transgendered people while Governor of New Mexico.
Source: on 2008 New Mexico Voting Record HB 9 Jan 28, 2007

Carol Moseley-Braun: ďSticky floorĒ pay gap for women still persists

I am very concerned about the pay gap-what I call the sticky floor-on which many women, who are sole providers often for their families, are stuck. Women right now earn 76 cents on the dollar. Thatís for Anglo women. African-American women, itís about 67 cents on the dollar. And Hispanic women, itís about 56 cents on the dollar. Getting rid of this pay inequity and leveling the playing field between men and women in terms of the amount of money that they earn, will be a priority in my administration.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Dick Gephardt: Weíre all in it together

Q: What do you say to Americans about the contributions of Hispanics to this country?

GEPHARDT: This country is a melting pot. Itís a fabric. I often quote Martin Luther King, and I say that weíre all tied together. I say we are one people. The Hispanic population in this country has defended us. Many, many Hispanic citizens have died in our military without even being citizens of the US. Theyíve won the Congressional Medal of Honor. They work hard. Their families make an enormous contribution to this country.

Weíre all immigrants unless weíre Native Americans. And Iíll say it again: Weíre all tied together. Thatís my philosophy that Iíll bring to the presidency. Martin Luther King said, ďI canít be what I ought to be until you can be what you ought to be.Ē Thatís what I really believe. And when Iím president, weíll have policies thatíll make that come true.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Howard Dean: Profiling doesnít work

Itís important not to use profiling. Profiling doesnít work. Thereís been a lot of studies about it. It doesnít work in Hispanic communities. It doesnít work in African-American communities. And it doesnít work against the Arab-Americans either. I am tired of being divided by race. Iím tired of being divided by gender. Iím tired of being divided by sexual orientation, by income and by religion. I want a country thatís based on a community again.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Gary Johnson: No affirmative action in college admissions nor state jobs

Indicate the principles you support concerning affirmative action. Should state government agencies should take race and sex into account in the following sectors: College and university admissions?

A: No.

Q: Public employment?

A: No.

Q: State contracting?

A: No.

Source: 1998 New Mexico National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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