Concord – Today, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, reacted to the Senate defeating a non-binding referendum on gay marriage, presented as an amendment by Senator Bragdon to HB513:
"It is very disappointing that the Senate would not even allow a non-binding referendum to go before the voters on such a contentious and divisive issue as gay marriage. A day after the voters in California had their say in the matter upheld by the courts there, and with the voters in Mainewaiting to exercise their "people's veto" on theissue later this year, it is incredibly undemocratic of the New Hampshire Senate to tell the voters of our state that they will not get their say on the matter, especially when so many are asking for the opportunity. If the supporters of gay marriage are so confident that thepeople in the state also supportit, why are they afraid to put the question before the voters?"
Smith added, "One thing is for sure, the voters will no doubt express their opinion on this matter at the ballot box next year when it's time to vote for candidates who havesupported and opposed gay marriage."
CPR-Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.