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Pro-Equality Coalition Speaks Out Against Repeal of New Hampshire's Marriage Equality Law: VIDEO


Pro-equality group Standing Up for New Hampshire Families held a press conference today to speak out against Rep. David Bates' HB 437 which would roll back the state's marriage equality law, replace it with civil unions, and place a non-binding measure on the ballot, Windham Patch reports:

NHMore than 20 members of the leadership council of Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, along with family, friends, and spouses, gathered together to tell members of the press why they were involved in the group and why they believed in preserving the state’s same-sex marriage law. Attendees included many former and current Republican activists, business owners, and a former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court...

...State Rep. Mike Ball, R-Manchester, the chairman of the Manchester Republican Committee, said he and others represented “a sizable amount of Republicans in the House who feel that gay marriage is a liberty issue.” Ball, who grew up in the south and attended a segregated elementary school, likened the same-sex marriage to the civil rights issues of the time period.

“This is a segregation bill,” he said.

The government should not “be micromanaging a certain group of people’s lives … that’s not acceptable,” he added.

Watch their press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

More on the hideous Bates amendment HERE and HERE.

New Hampshire's largest newspaper, the Union Leader posted an editorial over on Sunday calling for a voter referendum, while an editorial in the Concord Monitor spoke out against it.

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  1. Thank you for your help, all of you!!!!!!

    I worry about after 2012, if the gov house goes to an anti gay governor it will hurt...

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 19, 2012 7:59:33 PM

  2. In VT, we're rooting for our neighbors in NH. If the repeal were to go through, any legislators who are responsible for it should be reminded over and over that, in addition to the basic wrongness of the repeal (which, obviously, they don't care about), they are creating an unconstitutional situation, one that will be a legal nightmare for them and a black mark on NH and their own personal histories.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 19, 2012 8:12:29 PM

  3. There aren't many indications this will pass. They need a supermajority and there isn't much indicating that they have it. This is mostly symbolic and yet another public message being sent by conservative to the gay community that we're not welcome. As we've gained more rights and more recognition in society, the backlash, as expected, has been swift and severe. We need to stand strong and stand for each other now more than EVER before as a community. These next few months, the closer we get to the November elections, especially as the economy is improving, are going to be ugly.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 19, 2012 8:55:40 PM

  4. A lot will be riding on November. But here's the thing - if a GOPer wins the governor's mansion, they may be willing to sign a repeal bill, but they will not want to make a big deal about it. They know the public does not support it.

    And there is no way that the House is going to have as many Republicans after the fall election. No way. You'll see the body much more evenly split, possibly with 20-30 more Republicans than Democrats. But we already know that many Republicans don't want to repeal marriage equality. Getting a majority to keep the law in place wouldn't be impossible.

    So even if Republicans keep the House and gain the governor's spot, they could well fall short in future repeal attempts. But let's make sure to repel this attempt first.

    Posted by: Hampshire Ite | Mar 19, 2012 9:15:02 PM

  5. The people of New Hampshire must beware! The homo-terrorists of the world want to destroy Traditional Marriage. I should know; my big gay husband and I working really hard at it. No, really. We do all sorts of bizarre, godless things in an effort to make the relationships of straight people disintegrate, like paying taxes, recruiting children, food shopping and drinking the blood of animals at the full moon. Our objective is to tear the very fabric of society asunder (I believe it's 400-count Egyptian cotton, by the way, in case you're interested).

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    Posted by: PeteG | Mar 19, 2012 11:27:06 PM

  6. I doubt this will even make it to the floor.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 20, 2012 2:31:04 AM

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