Despite the progress we’ve made in America over the years, discrimination and bigotry still raise their ugly heads on a daily basis. Discrimination is defined as: treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs to rather than on individual merit.
The fact that New Mexico elected a female governor, Susana Martinez, for the first time would be an indication of just how far we’ve come in the war against discrimination. Martinez would probably, before today, have thought that her days of being discriminated against were over.
But alas, discrimination has reared it’s ugly head in the form of a gay hairstylist named Antonio Darden.
Governor Susana Martinez has lost a hair stylist thanks to her position against gay marriage.
Antonio Darden, a popular stylist who runs Antonio’s Hair Studio in Santa Fe, said he cut Martinez’ hair three times, but that’s it – unless she changes her mind about gay marriage.
“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.
No doubt the irony of such discrimination will be lost on our friends on the left side of the aisle, who are perfectly fine with discrimination as long as the person being discriminated against is someone who is conservative, Republican, believes in God, or otherwise just disagrees with them. We have such a long way to go in the fight against discrimination.