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Activist groups, including Scouting for All, urge President Obama not to accept the honorary Presidency of the Boy Scouts of America until they stop discriminating.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Linda Siegle (505) 690-5850
July 2, 2004

Kevin Hoover (505) 224-2766
Cell (505) 463-8033

Group Fails to Turn in Petitions to Secretary of State

Santa Fe, New Mexico - A small coalition of individuals failed to submit the 51,000 petition signatures necessary for placing the 2003 amendments to the New Mexico Human Rights Act (Senate Bill 28) on the ballot in November. The 2003 amendments added sexual orientation and gender identity to the existing Human Rights Act which protects people in employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and union memmbership.

Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights have been identifying voters throughout the state since October of last year in order to defeat the possible ballot measure. Kevin Hoover, campaign
director of Basic Rights said, "It is gratifying to see that the majority of New Mexicans are fair-minded people who think that discrimination of any kind in the workplace is wrong."

"We are pleased to see that they were unable to obtain the necessary signatures even though the Attorney General has already said this issue is not subject to referendum," said Linda Siegle, spokesperson for Basic
Rights. Based on the opinion issued by the New Mexico Attorney General in May, even if the necessary signatures had been submitted, the Secretary of State would have been obligated to reject them.

Basic Rights New Mexico will now shift its organizing and voter identification efforts to other equal rights issues.

Basic Rights New Mexico works to identify, engage, and mobilize pro-LGBT voters to lobby and vote for issues advancing equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender New Mexicans.

Basic Rights New Mexico
PO Box 25683
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87125




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