CENTRAL NEW MEXICO BUSINESSES SHOW STRONG SUPPORT FOR ALL NEW MEXICO FAMILIES

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CENTRAL NEW MEXICO BUSINESS OWNERS SHOW
OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR THE FREEDOM TO MARRY

The Why Marriage Matters New Mexico project continues efforts to list businesses
and business owners as supporters of equality.

 Why Marriage Matters New Mexico released a list of 126 businesses located in Central New Mexico who have pledged their support for equality and the freedom to marry. Areas of focus include Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, Torrance and Socorro counties.

This was the second month of a year-long project to highlight businesses that support the LGBT community. Today’s announcement brings the total number of supportive businesses to 218 in 47 towns. By year’s end, Why Marriage Matters New Mexico plans to have identified such businesses in all 33 New Mexico counties.

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SW NEW MEXICO BUSINESSES TAKE A STAND FOR EQUALITY

Today, Why Marriage Matters New Mexico released a list of 51 businesses located in Southwest New Mexico who have pledged to support and defend the freedom to marry in New Mexico. From Pie Town to Hillsboro, local businesses have taken a public stand for equality.

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Today’s announcement is a result of the first month of efforts by Why Marriage Matters New Mexico aimed at recruiting supportive businesses in all 33 New Mexico counties. Why Marriage Matters New Mexico is a public education project aimed at increasing support for the freedom to marry in New Mexico. Although there is no immediate threat to overturn the 2013 NM Supreme Court ruling, that guarantees the freedom to marry for LGBT couples, the project aims to continue public education efforts statewide with a focus on communities outside of the Rio Grande corridor.

Gay and lesbian couples are getting married in every corner of our great state.” said Amber Royster, Executive Director of Equality New Mexico. “We want these couples to feel safe and welcome in their communities. Securing support from local business is a great way to ensure that happens.”

The project will continue through 2014 and is led by a coalition of five local and national organizations. Equality New Mexico, the ACLU of New Mexico, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Freedom to Marry and ACLU National.

The list of 51 businesses in SW New Mexico joins a list of more than 170 supportive businesses statewide.

Local business owners are excited to pledge their support.

Our longstanding practice has always stressed fairness and inclusiveness, especially in regards to customer service,” said Jennifer Swenson who owns four businesses in Reserve, New Mexico. “We have worked hard to create a workplace where every employee is welcomed and respected. It’s simply how we operate and has served our businesses well.”

At Sunspot Solar Energy, we treat all people equally and proudly support the freedom to marry in New Mexico,” said Janet Honek, owner of Sunspot Solar Energy in Las Cruces. “Freedom means freedom for all, not just a select group.”

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Our New Ad Hits the New Mexico Airwaves Today

Starting today, the Sandovals’ message of freedom and respect will be in homes all across New Mexico.

As Daniel and Theresa Sandoval – married 51 years — say, “Love is love. And it belongs to everyone.”

We know a majority of New Mexicans agree and we’re excited to continue to work across the state changing hearts and minds for the freedom to marry in New Mexico.

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Suzie & Checky

Albuquerque couple Suzie Corley and Checky Okun talk about their recent blessing ceremony within the Episcopal Church and why they want their relationship to be recognized as a marriage in New Mexico.

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Ryan & Sal

Las Cruces resident Ryan Steinmetz and his partner of six years Salvador Adame talk about why they want the freedom to marry.

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Mike & Loretta

Native New Mexicans and current Farmington residents Mike and Loretta Davila speak about their journey towards acceptance of their two gay daughters.

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