For most hairstylists, a well-known and influential lady in government would be a dream client. But Antonio Darden, a hairstylist in New Mexico, has refused repeated requests to book appointments for Gov. Susana Martinez because he doesn’t like her stance on gay marriage.
Darden, who is gay, told KOB News that while he’s cut Gov. Martinez’s hair in the past, he told her aides that he wouldn’t cut the Republican politician’s hair this week because of her staunch opposition to gay marriage. Martinez’s office called Darden’s salon in Santa Fe asking him if he would do her hair, and he vowed not to touch her brown locks until she changed her mind about gay marriage. They called to ask again the next day to ask if he’d changed his mind about cutting the governor’s hair, and he turned them down again.
“I think it’s just equality, dignity for everyone,” Darden said. “I think everybody should be allowed the right to be together. My partner and I have been together for 15 years.”
There’s not a lot of politics in hair styling, but we’re glad Darden took this opportunity to make a statement. He explains it all in the video below.
[via The Huffington Post]