Hairstylist Stands Up For Equality, Refuses to Cut N.M. Gov.’s Hair
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s (R) views on same-sex marriage have caused her to lose her hairstylist, New Mexico news station KOB reported.
Antonio Darden said he refuses to cut Martinez’s hair because she is against marriage equality. Darden, who runs Antonio’s Hair Studio in Santa Fe, says he has cut the governor’s hair three times before.
"The governor’s aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in," Darden said. "Because of her stances and her views on this I told her aides ’no’. They called the next day, asking if I’d changed my mind about taking the governor in and I said ’no’ again."
"I think it’s just equality, dignity for everyone," the popular hair stylist said. "I think everybody should be allowed the right to be together. My partner and I have been together for 15 years."
Despite her views on the issue, Martinez appointed an openly gay man to the state Public Regulation Commission and has received criticism from the religious right for her decision.
New Mexico does not recognize gay marriage nor does it recognize other legal relationships, such as civil unions and domestic partnership. The state does, however, provide benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.