Hector Balderas, who is running for the U.S. Senate from New Mexico, supports gay marriage, the New Mexico Independent reported.

When asked by KNME's Gwyneth Doland his position on the issue, Balderas, New Mexico's current state auditor, replied, “absolutely.”

“Absolutely,” he said. “But more importantly than that, I've been advocating for civil rights for almost all my life. I'm an attorney, I was a prosecutor that fought hard for victims' rights. So, any type of discrimination in this country really needs to be addressed swiftly.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Balderas' opponent in the Democratic primary is Congressman Martin Heinrich.

Heinrich favors repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples, but does not support marriage rights for gay couples.

“I am not supportive of gay marriage,” Heinrich said in 2008, “but I do believe that everybody in the United States has the same civil rights in front of the government.”

“So I think it's important that civil rights that are available to heterosexual couples should be available to every single gay couple who also wants to make the same sort of commitments.”

That is, Heinrich supports civil unions for gay couples.

Heinrich and Balderas are vying for the Senate seat of Jeff Bingaman, who is not seeking reelection.

Bingaman voted in favor of DOMA in 1996, but he recently co-sponsored a bill that seeks to repeal the law.