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NOM Suddenly Concerned About Business Discrimination

February 27, 2012 5:05 pm ET - by Carlos Maza

Earlier this month, gay hairstylist Antonio Darden informed New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez (R) that he would no longer cut her hair unless she reversed her opposition to same-sex marriage. According to New Mexico’s KOB:

"The governor's aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in," Darden said. "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."

The governor has said she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, and that does not cut it with Darden.

"I think it's just equality, dignity for everyone," the popular hair stylist said. "I think everybody should be allowed the right to be together. My partner and I have been together for 15 years."

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), predictably, has jumped on the opportunity in order to depict opponents of marriage equality as victims of discrimination. On February 27, NOM president Brian Brown tweeted:

Brown’s tweet linked to a NOM blog post describing the incident, accompanied by a nifty NOM graphic:

NOM’s condemnation of the hairstylist’s decision is strange given how vocal the group has been in defending the right of business owners to deny service to married gay and lesbian couples. NOM has repeatedly warned that marriage equality legislation would force anti-gay photographers, florists, and other small business owners to provide their services for gay couples. Last month, NOM’s Jennifer Morse testified against Washington’s marriage equality, mocking the “pettiness” of discrimination complaints made by gay couples.

As always, NOM’s concern for the problem of discrimination only extends to those who agree with the organization’s anti-gay worldview. 


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