I would like to clear up some misinformation shared by Kathleen Cates and reported by KOB-TV.

Who doesn’t want to protect their children? When did having age-appropriate books in libraries become so wrong? I guess when you want to push an agenda.

Did you know we already have library law in the state of New Mexico? “It is unlawful for a person to knowingly sell, deliver, distribute, display for sale or provide to a minor, or knowingly to possess with intent to sell, deliver, distribute, display for sale or provide to a minor.”

A. any picture, photograph, drawing, sculpture, motion picture film or similar visual representation or image of a person or portion of the human body, or any replica, article or device having the appearance of either male or female genitals which depicts nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sado-masochistic abuse and which is harmful to minors; or

B. any book, pamphlet, magazine, printed matter however produced or sound recording which contains any matter enumerated in Subsection A of this section or explicit and detailed verbal descriptions or narrative accounts of sexual excitement, sexual conduct or sado-masochistic abuse and which, taken as a whole, is harmful to minors.”2021 NM Statutes Chapter 30 Section 30-37-2

What are the consequences?

3) A person violating Section 30-37-2, 30-37-2.1, 30-37-3 or 30-37-3.1 NMSA 1978 is guilty of a misdemeanor.

4) BUT No person shall be guilty of violating the provisions of this act: where such person is a bona fide school, museum or public library, or is acting in his capacity as an employee of such organization, or as a retail outlet affiliated with and serving the educational purposes of such organization. Chapter 30 Section 37 article 30-37-5

Who is protecting our children?

The Rio Rancho City Council and our mayor agree that showing pornography to our children is OK because our library law exempts librarians from misdemeanor acts.

If we were at a park sharing these library books with children, we could be arrested, but librarians can’t?

Does that make any sense?

Kathleen Cates and KOB failed to inform the public about these laws already in place but not enforceable because they protect the perpetrator.

We ban minors from buying spray paint, seeing some movies, getting tattoos, driving, buying alcohol, buying cigarettes, buying some cold medicine, buying guns, voting and enlisting in the military until a certain age. We even card people when they go into an adult bookstore. Why? These things have been deemed harmful to minors. The same applies to pornography, whether it is homosexual or heterosexual.

There are reasons for banning things: For the protection of our children.

“Kathleen Holmes Cates spent her career in nonprofit advocacy advancing the rights of women, children, and the disabled.” Kathleen Cates, what about the rights of children not to be shown adult things?

You put your rights above protecting children.

Corrine Rios
State Representative candidate
District 57