Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

City Holds Pride Festival.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

* Crowd celebrated passage of bill to support gay rights

The annual Pride on the Plaza -- a festival for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -- was tinted with political victory Saturday.

State Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a successful legislative measure that supports the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people in the state's Human Rights Act, rallied the crowded Plaza.

"This bill gives all New Mexicans the right to be who they are, and nobody, nobody, can take that away from us," McSorley said.

Cheers, drums, whistles and applause followed.

On Friday, opponents of the measure, which takes effect July 1, announced they would attempt to collect enough signatures on petitions by July of next year to call for a referendum on the inclusion of the language for next year's general election. …

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