Senate Democrats Buckle Under Liberal Leadership

Concord, NH – Today, Senate Democrats offered a last-minute amendment linked to the gay marriage bill rushed through the State Senate last week.


“This is yet another instance of last-minute arm twisting and backroom deals to rush through legislation New Hampshire isn’t ready for,” said Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford), “hundreds of citizens testified at the public hearing on the bill and have not had a chance to voice their opinion on these latest changes.”


“Democrats are clearly buckling under pressure from their liberal leadership. This makes two last minute amendments that have not been publicly vetted, giving further reason for Governor Lynch to veto this legislation,” said Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry).


“I call on Governor Lynch to veto HB 436, which is clearly not ready for prime time,” urged Senator Bragdon.


Today’s gay marriage proposal amends HB 310, relative to reimbursement of mileage for judges and marital masters. The Senate voted on gay marriage legislation last week, sending the bill to the House. The amendment would not require clergy, religious organizations, non profits and others to perform gay marriages against their religious beliefs of that organization.