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04/19/2007


Lawyer with Anti-Gay Christian Litigation Group 'Alliance Defense Fund' Arrested by FBI on Child Porn Charges

Lisa Biron, a Manchester, New Hampshire lawyer associated with Alliance Defending Freedom (better and formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund, an anti-gay Christian law group) was arrested Friday morning on child pornography charges, the Concord Monitor reports:

BironA Manchester lawyer took a teenage girl to Canada, had her engage in sexual activity and convinced her to let it be filmed, according to federal indictments.

FBI agents swiftly arrested Lisa Biron yesterday morning as she awaited a hearing on child pornography charges at Manchester’s district court. About 9 a.m. FBI agents entered the courtroom, told Biron to leave her belongings and took her into an adjoining conference room where she remained for several minutes before coming out in handcuffs.

Agents also found 200 rounds of ammunition in Biron's home.

The paper adds:

In making her case that Biron should be held, Fitzgibbon also made the following allegations: Two witnesses have testified to seeing Biron in possession of ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine; Biron sent a threatening text message to the person who turned her in to the police, advising him he would have to watch his back “FOR EVER."; Biron sent a text to a friend saying she might flee to Cuba because she had “nothing left.”; Biron has asked people to lie to law enforcement about her case; Other juveniles have been subjected to Biron’s sexual activity and drug use.

And finally:

Biron is associated with the Alliance Defending Freedom, a group of lawyers who, according to their website, are committed to keeping “the door open for the spread of the Gospel” by advocating for “religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” In Concord, she worked with the ADF in defending a Pentecostal Church on Mountain Road in its tax fight against the city.

More at the Monitor...


Obama Wins by a Landslide in Hart's Location, NH and Ties Romney in Dixville Notch: VIDEO

Hartslocation

Two New Hampshire towns are the first in the nation to vote, at midnight last night. As per usual, the results were immediately tallied.

In Dixville Notch, Obama and Romney received five votes each.

In Hart's Location, Obama won by a landslide, receiving 23 votes to Romney's 9. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received a single vote.

Piers Morgan reports on the votes, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) Wins Democratic Primary in Night of Wins for Several Other LGBT Candidates

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) (pictured), one of four openly gay members of Congress, won his primary last night against Anthony Gemma whom he faced in his first run for the House and will now face anti-equality Republican Brendan Doherty this November, the Victory Fund reports.

CicillineThey also report on two more big races that saw favorable results yesterday.

Two candidates seeking seats in the Delaware legislature could become the first LGBT candidates to fill them, as both won their primaries last night. " Andy Staton is seeking a seat in the Delaware Senate, while Marie Mayor is running for State House seat," the VF reports.

And New Hampshire has elected an openly gay state Senator: "[David] Pierce is the first openly LGBT candidate to be elected to the state senate as a freshman.  Two other gay state senators came out while in office, but none are currently serving."

Congrats to all.


Bill to Repeal Marriage Equality Fails in New Hampshire House

NhmarriageGreat news. A vote to repeal marriage equality has failed in the New Hampshire House by a vote of 211-116. HB 437 would have repealed the state's marriage equality law and replaced it with civil unions.

WMUR reports:

The Republican-controlled House voted 202-133 against the repeal. Same-sex couples have been able to marry in New Hampshire for two years.

The vote came after about two hours of debate on the bill and associated amendments, including ones which would have implemented civil unions and called for a nonbinding referendum on the issue.

Even if the bill had passed, Gov. John Lynch had pledged to veto it.

More from Phil Reese at the Washington Blade:

Several Republicans crossed the aisle to defeat the measure, including Reps. Mike Ball and Jennifer Coffey, who spoke out against the bill last week along with other advocates and Democratic lawmakers at a news conference organized by the marriage equality group Standing Up For New Hampshire Families. During a long and contentious debate on the bill in which the same amendment was brought back for reconsideration twice, strong statements were made on all sides of the issue.

“God is my judge, this legislative body is not my judge,” Rep. Cameron DeJong proclaimed. “Allow me to have this discussion between my God and me about my decisions.”

Rep. Ball compared the bill to segregation in the South, “Let’s put this dog down, like it deserves to be.”

In a surreal moment during the debate, an amendment to the bill was introduced to also bar marriage between left-handed people. That amendment failed to be considered.

NOTE: The original vote total of 202-133 (still noted on WMUR's site at the time of this posting) is incorrect, and the correct vote count is indeed 211-116.


Watch LIVE: New Hampshire House Vote on Marriage Equality Repeal

Nhhouse

The New Hampshire House is  now in session.

Standing Up for NH Families tweets that there are several bills on tap before HB437 which would repeal marriage equality.

Feel free to listen in LIVE HERE Click "listen live" next to "House Currently in Session").

UPDATE: House votes to keep marriage equality!


NH GOP Rep. Dan McGuire to Base His Vote to Repeal Marriage Equality on Dictionary's Definition of Marriage

As I mentioned earlier, today the New Hampshire House is scheduled to vote on the disgusting HB 437, which would repeal the state's marriage equality law, replace it with civil unions, and introduce a non-binding ballot measure asking people to vote on whether they approve of the new civil union law.

And here's some of the logic we're up against.

A Towleroad reader writes:

NHI wanted to pass along an email exchange I had with Representative Dan McGuire (pictured). I sent identical emails to my four representatives (all happen to be Republicans), and I have only received the one response. In my initial email, I had no idea where any of them stand on LGBT issues. For this reason I wasn't interested in wasting my time trying to appeal to them; I just wanted to express my opposition to the bill. Rep. McGuire will apparently not be voting as I had hoped. This wasn't all that shocking to me, but as I read the email I became more and more perplexed and disgusted with his logic. It is worth mentioning that his wife is also a Representative. I'm just hoping she doesn't have access to his grandfather's dictionary...

McguireMy initial email:

Representative McGuire,

I am not familiar with your record or your positions on gay rights, but, as your constituent, I ask that you vote against HB 437. I am not here to make moral, philosophical, or constitutional arguments about why repealing the state’s marriage equality law would be unjust and cruel. I am not here to try to convince you that my relationship is worthy of the same recognition as anyone else’s. I don’t need to convince you that I’m a good citizen, a decent person or that my life is not destined to be a sad story because I am gay. It’s dehumanizing. I don’t need to be accepted, but I must be respected and protected under the law. Gay marriage has had no negative effect in New Hampshire, except in the minds of those who don’t understand what it means to the LGBT. As I said, I don’t know your beliefs or your familiarity with LGBT people, and if you don’t already know in your heart that HB 437 is a disgrace there is nothing I can say here to change your mind. However, it is my job as your constituent to let you know my position, and leave it to you to do the right thing.

Thank you,

Lance [name removed]

McGuire's response, AFTER THE JUMP...

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