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.”

Participating Southwest NM Businesses:

Business Name City
Grecco Tax Services Aragon
Animas Creek Honey and Herb Farm Caballo
Hacienda De Villa Motel Columbus
Cuchillo Creek Company Cuchillo
Point Blank Design Datil
Butterfield Trail Trading Post Deming
Black Range Vineyards Hillsboro
Admin Pro Services & Management Las Cruces
Amaro Winery Las Cruces
Barb’s Flowerland, Inc Las Cruces
Calista Animal Hospital Las Cruces
Dublins Grill Las Cruces
Let Them Eat Cake Las Cruces
M FIVE Las Cruces
Meyer Law Firm Las Cruces
Mountain View Market Las Cruces
Spirit Winds Las Cruces
Sunspot Solar Energy (LM) Las Cruces
Trust-Properties Las Cruces
Zia Comics Las Cruces
Cottage House Floral & Gifts Lordburg
Bookkeeping Plus Lordsburg
Hidalgo County Herald Lordsburg
Spirit Winds Lordsburg
Galeri Azul Mesilla
Vintage Wines Mesilla
Super Salve Mogollon
Pie-O-Neer Pies Pie Town
Alegre Therapeutics Quemado
Adobe Cafe and Bakery Reserve
Adobe Does BBQ Reserve
Black Gold Emporium Reserve
Hidden Springs Inn Reserve
The Frisco Lodging Co Reserve
Alotta Gelato Silver City
Brian McHugh, Officiant Silver City
Curious Kumquat Silver City
Dandelion Wish Silver City
Gila House Hotel and Gallery 400 Silver City
MISH Enterprises, Inc. dba Shevek & Co. Restaurant Silver City
New Beginnings Silver City
Syzygy Tile Silver City
The Marketplace Silver City
Yankie Creek Coffee House Silver City
Carlo’s Bakery Sunland Park
Sunland Winery Sunland Park
Bellelli Productions LLC T or C
Hot Springs Frame & Art Supply T or C
La Paloma Hot Springs & Spa T or C
The Herald Publishing Co. T or C
Vic’s Broadwaynewmexico T or C
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