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Las Cruces lawmaker says politics led to denial of Communion


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker says he was denied Communion by his local Catholic priest because of his politics.

Democratic state Sen. Joseph Cervantes said Monday that he has been treated differently by the church since voting to repeal a state law banning abortion under most circumstances. Cervantes’ statement came after he tweeted over the weekend about not getting Communion from the bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces. Cervantes, of Las Cruces, says the outdated law, which would have jailed women for getting an abortion, was unconstitutional.

The diocese said in a statement that it regrets Cervantes chose to go on Twitter rather than engage in a dialogue.