Governor Martinez Avoids Taking a Stand for LGBT Community

Albuquerque, N.M. – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released this statement in response to Governor Martinez suddenly backing out of a North Carolina fundraiser due to a “scheduling conflict”. North Carolina Governor Patrick Lloyd McCrory recently signed an anti-LGBT bill into law, and since then a number of musicians, performers, companies, and local governments have cancelled business in the state.

“Instead of calling off her appearance in North Carolina in solidarity with our LGBT community and in protest to the unfair law, Governor Martinez cancelled because of a ‘scheduling conflict’—how disappointing. She had an opportunity to stand for equality and instead she avoided it altogether. Our LGBT community deserves a leader who will stand up for them and do what’s right.” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Earlier this month, Santa Fe Mayor Javier M. Gonzales banned official travel to North Carolina in protest to the discriminatory law signed into law by North Carolina’s Governor McCrory. Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil, Pearl Jam, and number of other artists canceled performances, and many organizations, including PayPal, have called off business in the state.

Martinez did not call off her appearance as a protest. Instead spokesman Chris Sanchez said, “She has a scheduling conflict and will be in New Mexico that day.”