Freedom to Marry and HRC Call on New Hampshire Legislature to Kill Legislation Repealing Marriage

3/3/2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2011

HRC contact: Michael Cole-Schwartz | michael.cole-schwartz@hrc.org | 202-716-1651

Freedom to Marry contact: Jackie Yodashkin| jackie@freedomtomarry.org| 646-430-3925

 

Key Committee Postpones Repeal Until 2012

 

WASHINGTON – Today the New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on legislation that would take away the freedom to marry for committed gay and lesbian couples.  After listening to testimony by opponents and supporters of repeal all day, the committee voted to “retain,” or put a hold on the legislation, likely until early next year.  The Human Rights Campaign and Freedom to Marry issued the following joint statement:

 

“New Hampshire voters know that taking away marriage from loving couples does nothing to solve the problems facing the state and in fact does great harm to their friends and neighbors who continue to live their lives with similar struggles and triumphs as every other family.  The committee’s decision to delay will allow even more time for citizens of the Granite State to see that gay and lesbian couples sharing in the freedom to marry does not impact anyone else’s marriage.

 

“Over 90 percent of people in New Hampshire want their legislators to focus on the state’s economy and more than 60 percent of Granite Staters do not want to take marriage away from loving couples. Eliminating the freedom to marry doesn’t square with New Hampshire’s ‘Live Free or Die’ values.”

 

In 2009, Gov. John Lynch signed into law a bill allowing committed gay and lesbian couples to marry. Now, more than a year after this law has been in effect and about 1,300 loving couples have been married, there an effort underway in the Legislature to take away marriage from gay and lesbian couples.

 

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

 

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.