Hairdresser refuses to cut N.M. governor’s hair for gay marriage views

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A Santa Fe hairdresser is refusing to cut the hair of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez out of anger that she opposes gay marriage.

Antonio Darden, who has been with his male partner for 15 years, told the governor’s aide of his refusal as they called to make an appointment. The aide called back the next day hoping he would change his mind, but he held firm.

Martinez has said marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Darden, who has cut the governor’s hair three times, told The New Mexican, “If I’m not good enough to be married, I’m not going to cut her hair.” He called it a matter of equality and dignity.

A spokesman for Martinez released a statement saying, “The governor has been very clear that she does not support gay marriage but does believe that all people should be judged on their merits and not discriminated against.”

Darden said that he didn’t expect the refusal to get national attention and has received an outpouring of support, and a wave of calls for appointments.

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