NHGOP - Lynch's Inconsistent Veto Threat

One Day After Threatening To Veto A Repeal Of The Death Penalty, Governor Fails To Threaten A Veto Of Same-Sex Marriage


Today, Governor Lynch Failed To “Specifically Say That He Would Veto” Legislation That Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage:


· Associated Press: “The bill, which passed the House 186-179, next goes to the Senate, where its future is uncertain. Democratic Gov. John Lynch opposes gay marriage but has not said specifically that he would veto it...” (3/26/09)



But Governor Lynch Has Repeatedly Pledged To Oppose Same-Sex Marriage During His 2004, 2006 And 2008 Campaigns:


· Concord Monitor: “Lynch replied that he, too, thinks marriage is between a man and a woman.” (10/19/04)


· Concord Monitor: “Lynch said he opposes gay marriage...” (10/27/06)


· Portsmouth Herald: “Gov. John Lynch reaffirmed his opposition to gay marriage.... ‘Marriage is going to continue as it has.’” (4/27/07)



Yesterday, Lynch “Swiftly” Vowed To Veto Legislation That Would Repeal The Death Penalty “Minutes” After It Passed:


· Concord Monitor: “Gov. John Lynch swiftly vowed to veto the bill and uphold the state's death penalty, telling reporters he believes "there are some crimes so heinous that capital punishment is warranted. If a bill to repeal capital punishment reaches my desk, I will veto that bill." (3/25/09)


· Union Leader: “’I do believe there are some crimes so heinous that capital punishment is warranted, and if a bill to repeal capital punishment reaches my desk I will veto that bill,’ he said minutes after the House action.” (3/25/09)



Lynch Has Also Repeatedly Pledged To Oppose A Repeal Of The Death Penalty:


· Eagle Tribune: Gov. John Lynch has said he would veto legislation to repeal the death penalty if it reaches his desk. (8/31/08)


· The Dartmouth: “The governor supports our death penalty statute,’ Colin Manning, Lynch’s press secretary, said.” (1/29/09)