Feb 222012
Governor Martinez

An openly-gay hair stylist in New Mexico is protesting Gov. Susana Martinez’s (R) opposition to same-sex marriage by refusing to style her hair unless she changes her position on the issue. KOB Eyewitness News 4 reports that Antonio Darden, “a popular stylist who runs Antonio’s Hair Studio in Santa Fe, said he cut Martinez’ hair three times” but is now refusing to see his famous client:

“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.”

The governor has said she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that does not cut it with Darden.

“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.”

Watch a local news news segment on the story:


During her gubernatorial campaign Martinez answered “no” when asked whether she’d sign a domestic-partnership bill, adding “I don’t think it is necessary. It is not a law I would sign.” She was recently praised by LGBT equality advocates, however, for appointing Doug Howe, a gay man, to the Public Regulation Commission over the opposition of some social conservatives in the state.

Igor Volsky

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez Loses Her Hair Stylist Over Gay Marriage Opposition | ThinkProgress