New Mexico – Today’s announcement that Indiana Governor Mike Pence will be joining the Trump ticket as the vice presidential candidate highlights discriminatory policies Pence allowed in his state of Indiana, which Nora Espinoza also pushed in New Mexico.
In 2016 Espinoza filed HB 55, which followed Pence’s Indiana model and would have legalized discrimination in New Mexico. As the sponsor of this legislation, Espinoza took the lead on one of the most divisive pieces of legislation in the country — legislation that experts said if passed would have violated New Mexico’s Human Rights Act.
According to the ACLU, the Pence/Espinoza policy allows discrimination against a gay person who wants to join a college student group, a transgender person seeking counseling services, or a lesbian couple who tries to obtain a marriage license from a government employee or access basic medical care.
Espinoza has also filed bills nine different times to restrict marriage equality in New Mexico.
“The dangerous and discriminatory polices supported by Nora Espinoza and Donald Trump’s henchman Mike Pence are all wrong for New Mexico,” said Debra Haaland, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “While Nora Espinoza wants voters to forget her time as an extreme partisan in the legislature, New Mexico Democrats will hold her accountable every step of the way. New Mexicans won’t stand for a candidate, like Nora Espinoza, who walks lock-step with Donald Trump and the divisive and discriminatory policies he condones.”