Martinez Still Commits to Support Anti-LGBT Lawmaker Despite Risks to U.S. Reputation with Allies

Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, the Democratic Party of New Mexico called on Governor Martinez to stand with our LGBT community and withdraw plans to campaign for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Governor Martinez’s support for Governor McCrory became much more serious after the United Kingdom issued a travel warning to its LGBT citizens travelling to the United States.

“It’s unacceptable that Governor Martinez won’t take a principled stand against these anti-LGBT laws and distance herself from North Carolina’s governor,” said Deb Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Our LGBT community deserves a leader that will stand up for equality instead of someone who commits to raise more money for a governor who signs discriminatory legislation into law and risks our reputation as a welcoming, progressive country.”

The United Kingdom, one of the United States’ strongest allies, released a warning for their LGBT citizens travelling to the United States. The warningreads: The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi. Before travelling please read our general travel advice for the LGBT community.

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.

Earlier this month Martinez backed out of a fundraising event in North Carolina due to a “scheduling conflict”, instead of pointing to the discriminatory laws in place in the state. Martinez has since committed to continue fundraising for North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, despite the risks North Carolina’s law pose to the United States’ reputation abroad.