CONCORD, NH - Today, Cornerstone Action applauded the House Judiciary Committee for its vote on a measure to restore the traditional definition of marriage, while allowing the same rights and benefits to be given to both homosexual and heterosexual couples through civil unions. The Committee voted 11 to 6 to recommend passage of HB 437 as amended, which will restore traditional marriageto New Hampshire while providing civil unions for all couples.

“The Judiciary Committee took an important first step toward correcting an overreach committed by the previous majority in the legislature, which has since been voted out of office,” stated Ellen Kolb, legislative director for Cornerstone Action. 

 “A measure that restores traditional marriage while providing for civil unions reflects the will of the people as expressed in the last statewide election,” Kolb continued. “It’s also the right thing to do for Granite State families.”

An April survey by Public Policy Polling – a Democrat firm -shows a majority of Granite Staters (54%) supports either civil unions or no legal recognition for same-sex couples. Only 44% said they support gay marriage.

In March 2010 every town that placed a question on an SB2 ballot asking voters if the people should have a say in defining marriage inthe state of New Hampshire voted overwhelmingly in favor of giving the people a voice.

Cornerstone-Action is the legislative and issue advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research. 

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