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HRC Warns 12 States ‘Don’t Repeat The Mistakes Of Indiana' In New Media Campaign

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The Human Rights Coalition launched a new ad campaign asking 12 state governors to reject bills that target LGBT people like the one Gov. Mike Pence passed in Indiana. HRC's new campaign comes after a study conducted by the organization yielded results stating that a majority of Hoosiers believe Pence’s bill is damaging Indiana’s economy. JoDee Winterhof, HRC's vice president for policy and political affairs, warned of the repercussions states could endure if they follow Pence’s example.

Said Winterhof:

"Gov. Mike Pence found that experimenting with anti-LGBT bills that allow businesses to discriminate killed his approval ratings and damaged the Hoosier economy. Governors who go down the same path as Mike Pence and put their state economy at risk in an attempt to further discrimination are going to find themselves at risk of being rejected by the voters."

The results of HRC's study reflects Winterhof's warning as a majority of voters (70% to 24%) believe that businesses should not discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or identity. Surprisingly a majority of Republican voters (58% to 36%) concur. Pence’s approval ratings have since plummeted, allowing for a potential Democratic challenger to make gains in the state. HRC's media campaign officially began today on social media in Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida, New Hampshire, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Although Pence attempted to clarify that official language in the new law would prevent LGBT discrimination, HRC isn’t buying it, noting that the state’s laws are still devoid of any clear LGBT anti-discrimination laws that would grant full protections to LGBT people in the state.

Seth Meyers Mocks Scott Walker's Gay Wedding Excuse: 'You Sir, Are a Freeloader' - VIDEO


Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio all visited New Hampshire this week and attempted to be relatable to the citizens of the Granite State.

Meyers just happens to be a New Hampshire native son, and saw through all their BS. He especially enjoyed the fumbling by Walker and Rubio over the issue of attending same-sex weddings.

Walker, if you'll recall, told reporters that he had attended a gay wedding reception but not the ceremony.

Meyers, called him out on it:

“Hey, we all want to just go to the reception. The open bar is the payment for sitting through the service. You sir, are a freeloader.”


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Openly Trans Former New Hampshire Lawmaker Turns Herself In For False Bomb Threat

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Stacie Laughton, New Hampshire’s first openly transgender lawmaker, turned herself in to the police last week for her involvement in a bomb scare that shut down a local hospital. Laughton, who has struggled with bipolarity, admitted to calling in a false tip about a bomb to local officials during a moment of manic impulsivity. According to Laughton, she had gone without her proper medication for some time.

“I have had a mental illness my whole life, and I guess this was my worst break with it,” she explained to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “I wasn't trying to hurt anyone, and it was totally out of character for me. I have put a lot behind me, and I never thought I would do this in a million years.”

Following a brief stay in a mental health and addiction facility Laughton is expected to be charged with a felony for calling in the bomb threat. Laughton had her first major run in with the law some time ago before she transitioned or became part of the New Hampshire legislature. Barry Laughton, as she was then known, was convicted for attempting to commit identity theft. That run-in with the law would ultimately cost Laughton her hard-won position within New Hampshire’s House of Representatives in 2012 as she had not paid all of the necessary fines associated with her conviction.

“I never thought I would see the inside of a police station again,” Laughton explained. “I am extremely remorseful. I have been crying frequently, and I wish I had never done it.”


New Hampshire Republicans Appoint Married Gay Man Dan Innis To Party Leadership: VIDEO

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Dan Innis, a married gay man who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in New Hampshire, has been confirmed as a member of the state Republican Party’s leadership.

BuzzFeed reports that state Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn appointed Innis to the finance chair position on Monday.

The appointment was supported by Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Frank Guinta, the two Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation.

In a statement, Horn said:

“I am pleased that Dan has agreed to dedicate his time and considerable talents to helping Republicans raise the resources that we need to compete with the Democrats.

“I am proud to have Dan on my team and look forward to his contributions to the New Hampshire Republican State Committee.”

Innis is a professor at the University of New Hampshire and owner of the Hotel Portsmouth with his husband, Doug Palardy.

Watch Innis announce his run for Congress in 2013, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Friday Speed Read: Ninth Circuit, Michelle Friedland, Idaho Veteran, New Hampshire

BY LISA KEEN / Keen News Service


FriedlandThe U.S. Senate voted 51 to 40 on Wednesday to confirm the nomination of a pro-gay judge to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge Michelle Friedland of San Francisco served as research assistant for openly gay Professor Kathleen Sullivan from 1999 to 2000 and then as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor from 2001 to 2002. She won an LGBT Award from the ACLU of California in 2009 for her work challenging Proposition 8. She played a substantial role in drafting briefs in support of same-sex couples before the California Supreme Court. She wrote an amicus brief against Proposition 8 in the Hollingsworth v. Perry appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court last year on behalf of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom and others. In questions submitted in writing, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Friedland whether there is an “equivalency” between marriage equality and racial equality. Friedland noted that most cases involving racial discrimination have been decided based on equal protection. In contrast, she said, the Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor used due process and equal protection grounds. She noted that the issue with regard to state bans is still “being litigated actively.”


The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote Thursday morning on the nomination of openly gay federal district court nominee Darrin Gayles. But it didn’t happen. Republicans on the committee asked that the Gayles nomination and three others be “held over” until next week.


Retired U.S. Army Colonel Barry Johnson offered, in a political commentary published by the Idaho Statesman Wednesday, to give his plot in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery to a lesbian former Navy veteran so she may be buried with her same-sex spouse. “As a lifelong Idahoan and a 27-year Army veteran of two wars, I've worked beside heterosexuals, gays, lesbians and bisexuals,” wrote Johnson. He said the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” had little effect on most military personnel and he feels Madelynn Taylor deserves the right to have a plot in the state veterans cemetery next to her spouse. A state cemetery for military veterans in Idaho recently refused her request because Idaho bans recognition of same-sex marriages. “Like Madelynn, I love this state and I respect the views of all my neighbors, whether I agree with those views or not,” wrote Johnson, who acknowledged he was uncertain whether the state would allow Taylor to take him up on the offer. “…But let's not pick on people who aren't hurting anybody and simply minding their own business.”


The New Hampshire House on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to table a bill seeking to amend the state constitution to add sexual orientation to the state’s non-discrimination policy. Having passed the state senate unanimously in March, the House vote –to send the bill to an “interim study” committee—marked a tough blow.


On the same day it rejected a prohibition on sexual orientation discrimination, the New Hampshire House voted 217 to 119 for a bill to clarify that the state would recognize marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples from other states and would recognize as marriages any civil union recognition granted to a same-sex couple from another state. The senate passed the bill in March. Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the legislation.

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Will New Hampshire Become the First State to Constitutionally Protect Gays?

New hampshireNumerous states (21 to be exact) protect their gay citizens from discrimination through statutory law, but a proposed amendment in New Hampshire would effectively make it the first state to single out gays for constitutional protection.

The proposed amendment, which passed the state Senate unanimously, has now moved to the House. On Wednesday, the House voted 234-95 to further study the proposal, which has divided LGBT activists because of its lack of protections for gender identity.

The AP reports:

David pierceThe measure would take a three-fifths vote by the House to place it on the November ballot. The state already prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in statute, but supporters want to enshrine the protection in the Constitution.

But Sen. David Pierce (pictured), the measure’s prime sponsor, argued New Hampshire’s laws legalizing gay marriage and prohibiting discrimination could be repealed by lawmakers and need to be protected in the Constitution. The amendment would not grant special rights to gays as some critics contend, said Pierce, who is gay.

“Equal means what is common to everyone. No one is raised above anyone else,” said Pierce, a Hanover Democrat.

Gay House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Chairman Ed Butler, who is a co-sponsor of the bill, said questions about transgender protections from the LGBT community warrant further study before the bill should move forward:

Butler is a longtime activist for gay rights and a co-sponsor of New Hampshire’s gay marriage law, but he said he couldn’t support an amendment that referred to sexual orientation since that definition does not commonly include transgender individuals. He said New Hampshire’s anti-discrimination law does not protect transgender individuals either, and more work needed to be done to protect them statutorily.

The proposal received mixed support from witnesses testifying at a House hearing, with many arguing there is no clear definition of sexual orentation and that the proposal needs more study before being put before voters. 


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