New Mexico Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Richardson today released the following statement on New Hampshire's civil unions law:
I congratulate the state of New Hampshire for its strong step forward inprotecting families and preventing discrimination through the legalization of civil unions.
As Governor of New Mexico, I expanded anti-discrimination laws, signed into law the state's first hate crimes legislation which included crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and called a special session of the legislature to push for domestic partnerships after we almost passed them in the regular session. I did all of this in a so-called "RedState."
States like New Hampshire and New Mexico are moving forward on civil rights. What we need now is a president who is committed to this fight.