Alibi V.27 No.41 • Oct 11-17, 2018

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Gary Johnson is no ally to the LGBTQ+ Community

Equality New Mexico We envision a world in which New Mexicans have access to opportunity because oppression is obsolete.

Over the last decade the LGBTQ+ community has seen progress in nearly every facet of our society.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision on

Obergefell v. Hodges

which codified the right of same-sex

couples to marry, many felt that our work was done. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Across the country and here in New Mexico, opponents of queer liberation and self-determination have

re-organized under the guise of “religious freedom advocates.” While they may have conceded the issue

of marriage for the moment, they are working to rip the wires out of the machines that were built to

protect us from discrimination and oppression.

Since 1993, Equality New Mexico has been at the forefront of demanding progress and winning equality

for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans, including establishing basic non-discrimination protections, fighting for

marriage equality, protecting young people from so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ and bullying.

Fortunately, New Mexicans have leaders like Sen. Martin Heinrich, who has been a champion for

LGBTQ+ equality throughout his career, and before it was politically expedient. As a Congressman, he

was a co-sponsor of the original “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill, and he consistently fought against

constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act. Since marriage

equality became the law of the land, Sen. Heinrich has been fighting for LGBTQ+ students’ rights and to

prevent transgender discrimination in the military.

That’s why Equality New Mexico endorsed Martin Heinrich for the U.S. Senate. New Mexico can’t afford

a Senator like Gary Johnson, who likes to boast about his support of LGBTQ+ equality, but a closer look

at his position reveals a different story. Whether it’s his support for Supreme Court justice nominee Brett

Kavanaugh or his radical opposition to hate crime laws—Gary Johnson’s record doesn’t match his

rhetoric.

We need leaders who will stand with the LGBTQ+ community, not just in their words but with their

actions. Since holding political office, Sen. Heinrich has been a solid and trusted partner in fighting for

our rights, and he did so before the national conversation on the issue changed. There is too much at

risk this November and we need candidates who are steadfast in their commitment for LGBTQ+

protections and equality.

Adrian N. Carver

Executive Director

Equality New Mexico