Richardson Congratulates New Hampshire for Strong Step Forward in Protecting Families and Preventing Discrimination

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.