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NM Unites for Marriage Join Forces with Navajo Activists

Post submitted by Marshall Martinez, HRC Field Organizer

Just last week, I had the opportunity to meet with Alray Nelson, activist and organizer with the Coalition for Navajo Equality at the New Mexico Unites for Marriage campaign headquarters in Albuquerque.

Alray and the Coalition for Navajo Equality have been working to overturn the Navajo Nation's own DOMA-style legislation: the Diné Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex marriage and passed in 2005. We discussed the ways in which the fight for LGBT rights in both New Mexico and the Navajo Nation are interdependent, relying on each other to achieve full equality for all in our shared region.

Alray is organizing supporters on the Navajo Nation across western New Mexico to defend the state Supreme Court decision that found denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry unconstitutional. HRC and New Mexico Unites for Marriage campaign staff are thrilled to be joining forces with the Coalition for Navajo Equality.

Two coalitions, two campaigns, one shared goal.

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