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Republican Iraq War Vet Fights for His Brother's Right to Marry in NH: VIDEO


In a new clip from HRC, Craig Stowell, a U.S. Marine Iraq war veteran, argues for his brother's right to marry in New Hampshire as the legislature considers repeal of the marriage equality law there.


A repeal vote may come as early as next week, Michael Lavers at Boy in Bushwick reports.

CNN has more of the brothers' story:

In a video posted on YouTube, Calvin Stowell described being bullied as a schoolboy because he was gay. "I was constantly asked by my peers: Are you gay? You sound so gay. You walk so gay," said the 23-year-old New Yorker, who works for a non-profit.

Craig Stowell, who is an information technology director for a cabinet maker in Claremont, New Hampshire, empathized.

"There were nights that I worried I may wake up and he wouldn't be there any longer; crushed by the misery he was forced to endure. When New Hampshire extended marriage to gay and lesbian couples, two years ago, he finally felt accepted. He finally felt like he belonged. Since that day 1,800 loving and committed gay and lesbian couples have married."

As the New Hampshire Legislature prepares to vote on whether to repeal the law, HB 437, Craig Stowell - who serves as the Republican co-chairman of Standing Up For New Hampshire Families - has launched an online campaign to keep the law as it is.

Craig's petition at can be found here. Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Nice story. Calvin's a hottie.

    Posted by: kirkyo | Jan 12, 2012 2:42:31 PM

  2. Sign the online petition guys. Please.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Jan 12, 2012 3:17:07 PM

  3. He "fights for his brother's right to marry", but continues to vote Republican? If he really cared about his brother's right to marry, he wouldn't vote for the very people who are so vehemently trying to take that away from him. What a joke.

    Posted by: shle896 | Jan 12, 2012 3:19:51 PM

  4. He didn't say he votes Republican. He said he is Republican. Way to miss the point of the story.

    Posted by: Andrew | Jan 12, 2012 3:31:08 PM

  5. I'm with SHLE896.

    You're not supporting anyone if you're still Republican.

    Posted by: truthiness | Jan 12, 2012 3:36:48 PM

  6. Yeah, you're right. We should just tell Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and her kind that they can take their support and shove it. Sounds like a winning strategy to me!

    Posted by: Andrew | Jan 12, 2012 3:48:13 PM

  7. Why on earth does this guy identify as a "conservative Republican?" I believe in a small government too, but I'm a Democrat! Come-on Craig come on over to the "dark side!" - you can actually have all of the same beliefs that you currently have now; support your brother, keep government out of people's private lives and ALSO be a Democrat or at the very least be Independent!

    Posted by: Frank J. Schneider | Jan 12, 2012 4:14:59 PM

  8. Yeah makes sense to be a democrat. So many strides have happened....the bigger joke is that democrats would rather deal with half-hearted lies then really have a candidate that believes in something. At least the Republicans aren't two-faces like the democrats. Neither are great, but Democrats are wolves in sheeps' clothing.

    Posted by: Paul Allen | Jan 12, 2012 8:06:38 PM

  9. Do people realize that not every Republican is a bigot? Some of them honestly believe that Republicans have better positions on a variety of issues including economic issues and foreign policy.

    I happen to be a Democrat, but it is wrong to judge an entire party as bigoted.

    Posted by: JP | Jan 12, 2012 8:31:27 PM

  10. @JP:

    I'm a foreigner , living here when I'm allowed ...
    I have heard none of the Republican candidates support gay rights.....i have heard them speak against equality....even speak against the repeal of DADT.

    I have heard then pander to the Messianic/Evangelicals.......just to court populist resentment. It seems to me there is no level to which the basest Republicans will not stoop.
    On the other hand, the Democrats seem to believe in the social contract;that by living in a society we accept that there are basic social obligations; looking after the poor, health care for all; everyone to pay taxes according to their income and expenditure.

    And the extremist Republicans besmirch this idea with their (false) epithets, socialism, communism, European !!!

    It's time for the Republicans to accept the Social Contract or be consigned to history and make room for more liberal progressive radicals like Madison, Jefferson and yes, Hamilton.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jan 12, 2012 10:42:25 PM

  11. When a political party allows itself to be hijacked by bigoted religious zealots, the entire party can quite safely be considered bigoted. If they don't like that label, then they can decide not to endorse people like Hermann Cain and Rick Santorum.

    Posted by: NiceRed | Jan 13, 2012 1:56:28 PM

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