Yvette Herrell Continues to Demonstrate Extremism not Shared by Everyday New Mexicans
Yesterday, Yvette Herrell was one of the 157 Congressional Republicans to vote against the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act which passed the House. This bill would protect interracial marriage and repeal the outdated Defense of Marriage Act that only recognizes marriage as between one man and one wife.
Despite this bill receiving bipartisan support in the House, Herrell once again aligned with the far-right faction of the Republican party. Even though many Republicans prudently voted for this bill, Yvette Herrell stuck with the far-right faction of the House GOP in voting against it. Herrell has made it clear at every opportunity – she will stop at nothing until LGBTQIA+ rights are decimated.
“Yvette Herrell never fails to disappoint when comes to demonstrating barbaric xenophobia and extreme fundamentalism,” said Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Jessica Velasquez. “We all have gay family and friends. It’s no surprise that Yvette Herrell is consistently in favor of robbing people of the opportunity to marry who they love. She’s clearly willing to trade political gain for civil rights.”
After applauding the US Supreme Court’s reversal of the protections of Roe v. Wade, Republicans are openly admitting that they will not stop at eliminating abortion rights. Everyday New Mexicans simply do not share the extremism and xenophobia that Yvette Herrell demonstrates at every opportunity. Herrell would prevent people from marrying who they love to pander to the far-right faction of the GOP.
Every House Democrat, including both Representatives Teresa Leger Fernandez and Melanie Stansbury, along with 47 Republicans, passed the Respect for Marriage Act, which would establish marriage equality as the law of the land at the federal level. New Mexico Democrats like our Congresswomen and Democratic Candidate for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, Gabe Vasquez, remain committed to protecting freedoms including marriage equality and access to reproductive health.