State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Ben Ray Lujan: Navajo Equality endorsement; indigenous LGBTQ advocates

Lujan has a record of developing legislation regarding Tribal sovereignty and Native communities. Recently Navajo groups have endorsed Luj†n for office, such as Navajo Equality, the largest Indigenous LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the country. He is one of the few prominent Latinx politicians raising awareness of their struggle.
Source: Navajo Equality on 2020 New Mexico Senate endorsements

Gavin Clarkson: Organizations such as Black Lives Matter divide this country

Q: Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

A: Yes. Organizations such as ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter, and Washington Democrats like Maxine Waters are seeking to divide this country along racial lines as deeply as possible to increase their power and wealth.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Ben Ray Lujan: Voted for Equality Act, expanded Violence Against Women Act

One of the proudest moments I had serving in Congress is when I voted for both the Equality Act and an expanded Violence Against Women Act that included real protections for LGBTQ+ women. The Equality Act, which is legislation that congressional Democrats have championed for years, bans discrimination in housing, education, the workforce, and other aspects of everyday life for LGBTQ+ individuals.
Source: 2020 New Mexico Senate campaign website BenRayLujan .com Jul 8, 2020

Ben Ray Lujan: Create true partnerships with Tribal communities

To create true partnerships with Tribal communities, it is incumbent that our governments recognize the pain and indignities Native Americans have suffered through racist policies that linger to this day. We must continue providing recourse for those injustices as a guiding principle. This is done by listening to Tribal elders and communities and showing respect and appreciation for the culture, public service, and contributions of Native Americans in every facet of our state and history.
Source: 2020 New Mexico Senate campaign website BenRayLujan .com Jul 8, 2020

Ben Ray Lujan: Endorsement: One of LGBTQ community's strongest advocates

HRC announced its endorsement of Rep. Ben Ray Luj†n in his bid for the U.S. Senate. "Congressman Luj†n has been one of our community's strongest advocates in the United States House of Representatives, and we're proud to stand by his side as he runs for the Senate," said HRC President Alphonso David. "As a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, Congressman Luj†n's demonstrated record of support for LGBTQ people and families stands in stark contrast with his opponents."
Source: Human Rights Campaign 2020 Senate New Mexico endorsements Jan 23, 2020

Michelle Lujan-Grisham: Supports marriage equality

Q: Support gay marriage?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Supported NM marriage equality before Supreme Court ruling.

Steve Pearce (R): No. Personally opposes, voted against, but now settled law.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Steve Pearce: Opposes gay marriage but accepts it as settled law

Q: Support gay marriage?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Supported NM marriage equality before Supreme Court ruling.

Steve Pearce (R): No. Personally opposes, voted against, but now settled law.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Governor race Oct 9, 2018

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: Vetoed making state agencies address institutional racism

Analysis of SB269 by NM News Port: The bill would require state agencies to be develop and implement their own policies decreasing institutional racism. All state agencies would also be required to report annually to the legislature.

Analysis by BillTrack50: The Rio Grande Foundation, whose mission is to inform citizens of the importance of individual freedom & limited government, says, "SB269 wastes time and resources by requiring state agencies to develop and implement policies to decrease 'institutional racism'."

Veto Message: I cannot support a bill that would place such a tremendous burden on our state agencies without any assurance that the bill would actually identify or reduce institutional racism in the workplace.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 24-13-5, Roll Call #413 on Mar/10/17; Passed House 36-27-7, Roll Call #575 on Mar/18/17; Vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez on Mar/30/17.

Source: BillTrack50 on New Mexico voting record SB269 Mar 30, 2017

Yvette Herrell: Oppose making state agencies address institutional racism

Analysis of SB269 by NM News Port: The bill would require state agencies to be develop and implement their own policies decreasing institutional racism. All state agencies would also be required to report annually to the legislature.

Analysis by BillTrack50: The Rio Grande Foundation, whose mission is to inform citizens of the importance of individual freedom & limited government, says, "SB269 wastes time and resources by requiring state agencies to develop and implement policies to decrease 'institutional racism'."

Veto Message: I cannot support a bill that would place such a tremendous burden on our state agencies without any assurance that the bill would actually identify or reduce institutional racism in the workplace.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 24-13-5, Roll Call #413 on Mar/10/17; Passed House 36-27-7, Roll Call #575 on Mar/18/17; State Rep. Yvette Herrell voted NO; Vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez on Mar/30/17.

Source: BillTrack50 on New Mexico voting record SB269 Mar 18, 2017

Joe Cervantes: Require state agencies to address institutional racism

Analysis of SB269 by NM News Port: The bill would require state agencies to be develop and implement their own policies decreasing institutional racism. All state agencies would also be required to report annually to the legislature.

Analysis by BillTrack50: The Rio Grande Foundation, whose mission is to inform citizens of the importance of individual freedom & limited government, says, "SB269 wastes time and resources by requiring state agencies to develop and implement policies to decrease 'institutional racism'."

Veto Message: I cannot support a bill that would place such a tremendous burden on our state agencies without any assurance that the bill would actually identify or reduce institutional racism in the workplace.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 24-13-5, Roll Call #413 on Mar/10/17; State Sen. Joe Cervantes voted YES; Passed House 36-27-7, Roll Call #575 on Mar/18/17; Vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez on Mar/30/17.

Source: BillTrack50 on New Mexico voting record SB269 Mar 10, 2017

Ben Ray Lujan: Graded "A" by Center for Freethought Equality

The Center for Freethought Equality, the 501(c)4 sister advocacy organization of the American Humanist Association, released its scorecard of the members of the US House of Representatives of the 114th Congress. Ben Ray Lujan received an A demonstrating strong support for church/state separation.
Source: Los Alamos Daily Post on 2020 New Mexico Senate race Aug 25, 2016

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: BillRichardsonBlog.com 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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