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New Mexico Governor's Hairdresser Quits Over Her Opposition to Gay Marriage: VIDEO


New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez will be finding somewhere else to get her hair cut, Think Progress LGBT reports.

Said Antonio Darden, who has been with his partner for 15 years and still can't marry: “The governor’s aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in. Because of her stances and her views on this I told her aides no. They called the next day, asking if I’d changed my mind about taking the governor in and I said no again.”


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  1. I LOVE IT! If more people took a stand then people would not treat us any way they wanted to!

    Posted by: JP | Feb 22, 2012 2:48:43 PM

  2. The most important customer is "YOU," Mr. Darden! Congrats for sticking up for yourself, your partner, and your community! I hope more people can follow suite. I also hope that your community will jump in to take the place of your lost business.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 22, 2012 2:56:12 PM

  3. I would have continued to cut her hair but charge her double....that hairdresser WILL be able to marry eventually and he should make her contribute to his fabulous gay wedding !!!but no way should she be invited to the reception.

    Posted by: paul | Feb 22, 2012 2:57:08 PM

  4. He should have just butchered her haircut then told her.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 22, 2012 2:57:15 PM

  5. ..and then BAM! she saw the light and used all her powers as the Governor of New Mexico to usher in gay marriage for the entire country. What a hero!

    Posted by: Lisa G | Feb 22, 2012 3:01:27 PM

  6. Now THAT'S a GLBT hero, folks!

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Feb 22, 2012 3:04:53 PM

  7. Yes Antonio, YES! If we stopped doing their hair, makeup, homes...styling their lives for them so they don't look like white trash...they would acknowledge us & our relationships. Those beeches on "The Five" would look like lumberjacks under all that gay artistry.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Feb 22, 2012 3:06:13 PM

  8. KUDOS to this guy. That's the way to do it.

    I'm tired of all these conservatives who interact personally with gay people all the time, who think it's ok to spit in our faces while asking to provide them services. Ain't gonna work anymore.

    Let them know who they are hurting and who they discriminating against - personally.

    Posted by: B-rod | Feb 22, 2012 3:07:38 PM

  9. @Mark - I like the way you think, sir.

    Posted by: raleighrob | Feb 22, 2012 3:08:02 PM

  10. hey Lisa G - STFU.

    Posted by: B-rod | Feb 22, 2012 3:08:59 PM

  11. I applaud you and all who take a stand as you have. It's your shop and you can refuse service to anyone you see fit.
    Why should anti-gay folks be the only ones able to boycott gay or gay friendly businesses.

    Posted by: Paul | Feb 22, 2012 3:11:40 PM

  12. classy response always. You all assign the word "hero" way too easily. There is nothing heroic about cancelling a hair appointment. If anything, its bad business.

    What if the Governor of Washington state went into her salon and her hairdresser refused to cut her hair because she only believed in "traditional" marriage? Would that person be heroic? No, of course all would gasp and clutch your pearls and demand that the business be burned to the ground. Hypocrites and Arm chair quarterbacks.

    You are in the service industry, provide the service or find a new profession.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Feb 22, 2012 3:18:34 PM

  13. It's about time. Thank you.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Feb 22, 2012 3:18:38 PM

  14. The Governor will never be pretty again. Here's hoping all gay hair stylists, cutters, colorers start using their own powers of persuasian to ensure same-sex marriage gets passed. If one non-supporting Republican, female or male, comes into a gay man's shop, turn them around and usher them out the door! Let them walk around ugly because they are the ugliest people of all! LOL!

    Posted by: OS2guy | Feb 22, 2012 3:23:46 PM

  15. Oh lord, no. Not the hairdresser. Girl, look out. The hairdresser quit. Nothin' will EVAR be the same again.

    Posted by: Alan | Feb 22, 2012 3:26:12 PM

  16. the culture will shift when people give it a reason to shift.

    for too long people became pariahs for being LGBT. it's kept the Closet Culture going.

    we're finally getting to a place where being anti-LGBT will make a person the pariah.

    people care about "what others think" - we need to use this to our advantage.

    anti-progressive bigot? sorry - you're gonna feel the sting of being an outcast. the good news? all you have to do to avoid such a sting is to be a decent human being.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 22, 2012 3:27:17 PM

  17. Lisa, it's his time and business, if he wants to withhold styling for the bigot masquerading as the governor of NM that's up to him and who are you to tell him who he has to work for? I agree with the comment STFU, please do so or someone may start thinking they have the right to tell you who to work for.

    Posted by: lk | Feb 22, 2012 3:44:46 PM

  18. Hi, Lisa-

    I'll bet you haven't been laid in at least two years.


    Posted by: Ronster | Feb 22, 2012 4:02:55 PM

  19. @Mark-

    Great idea. He could have given her a mullet.

    Posted by: Ronster | Feb 22, 2012 4:04:01 PM

  20. More LGBT people should do the same and very soon these people would understand they cannot go nor do anything, because LGBT people are everywhere!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Feb 22, 2012 4:04:57 PM

  21. The Latina is a bigot. Go figure.

    Posted by: Artie | Feb 22, 2012 4:24:51 PM

  22. He had a chance to bend the governor's ear on gay marriage and show off his LTR. Lost opportunity. At least he showed her who was tolerant!

    Posted by: ted | Feb 22, 2012 5:51:55 PM

  23. Sigh. Lisa, if you can't tell the differnce in behavior between someone who advocates for equality and someone who actively opposes it, you need more help than we can give.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Feb 22, 2012 5:57:08 PM

  24. Lisa G, Uncle Tom called. He said he has an appt. with you in the men's room at Saks.

    Posted by: CarlottaVonFunkenhowzer | Feb 22, 2012 6:01:08 PM

  25. The misplaced modifier in this headline is misleading (and hilarious).

    Posted by: AdamA | Feb 22, 2012 6:01:23 PM

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