Anti-Gay Governor's Gay Hairstylist Quits Over Her Dickery

New Mexico governor Susana Martinez's life just got significantly less fabulous: her hairstylist, a gay salon owner, has refused to style her hair until she stops opposing gay marriage. Depriving a Republican of the services that keep her looking like a modern June Cleaver is an act of defiance louder than a thousand glitterbombs.


Antonio Darden runs the popular Antonio's Hair Salon in Santa Fe, and has said that he won't see his famous occasional client anymore. He told Santa Fe's Eyewitness 4 News,

The governor's aides called not too long ago, wanting another appointment to come in. 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.

Darden, who sort of reminds me a little bit of a gay Jeff Goldblum (highest compliment), and his partner have been in a relationship for 15 years. He says that while the Governor has said marriage should be between a man and a woman, he strongly disagrees. "I think it's just equality, dignity for everyone," he says.

It's about time the gay mafia hit conservative lawmakers where it hurts: in the hair.

Hair stylist refuses to cut Gov. Martinez's hair [Eyewitness 4]


I support full LGBT equality on all issues including marriage rights. AND inside my heart, I admire Darden for doing this. BUT.... is anyone else concerned that this kind of thing sets a dangerous precedent for escalation? Today it's "I refuse to serve you because of your position on gay marriage". Tomorrow it'll be "This restaurant refuses to serve liberals" (posted as a joke, but if someone proclaims themselves a liberal, they get asked to leave). Then it becomes "this establishment does not do business with Mexican-Americans".... and on and on. We shouldn't give up the high ground so easily.

I would have preferred it if he took the governor's appointment, then when she showed up, he gave her a full blast of the piece of his mind he has presumably been keeping locked up inside. Followed by "Want me to do your hair now, Miss Bigot?" ... and let her decide if this is where she wants to continue to do business.

Same effect, less implicit justification for other bigots to follow Darden's lead.