THIS WILL BE THE ONLY EQUALITY RALLY HELD IN THE STATE.
Keene, NH - On January 10th, at 6pm, the evening of the Republican Presidential Primary, loving
and committed couples, faith leaders, families and straight allies will
gather on Central Square in Keene to stand up for all NH families, asking
the NH Legislature to vote no on HB437, the repeal of Marriage Equality, so that the rights and protections of marriage will remain in place for same-sex couples.
The Monadnock Live Free and Equal Coalition will host a rally focusing on
equality prior to the vote on HB 437, the bill that seeks to repeal the
popular Marriage Equality Law of 2009 and discriminate against current and
future gay and lesbian couples. The group is calling upon Republican and
Democratic Representatives to not pass a law that would allow for direct
discrimination based solely upon sexual orientation.
The bill is scheduled to be heard on either January 11 or January 18 by the
NH House of Representatives. A majority of NH Republican leadership in the
House adamantly opposes equal rights for gay citizens.
Susan MacNeil, Executive Director of AIDS Services and Coalition organizer,
hopes for a large crowd. “We have built a substantial base of supporters
over the last twelve months who believe that separate but equal is never
equal. No doubt the evening will bring cold weather, but the fire for
equality always burns bright and demands action. We expect to send a
message to NH legislators that we will not tolerate legislated
discrimination when it comes to equality for NH’s gay and lesbian citizens.”
Speakers, music and a candlelight vigil will be held from 6-8p in the
gazebo, downtown Keene. Participants are asked to wear purple and bring
rainbow flags. Candles will be provided. Organizing partners include the
United Church of Christ (UCC), PFLAG, St. James Episcopal Church and AIDS
Services for the Monadnock Region. The UCC will open its doors to
participants for restroom facilities and serve as a warming station, ringing
the church bell at the head of the Square as a call to action.
The Coalition is a participating partner with the statewide organization,
Standing Up for NH Families. For more information about the rally, visit
Monadnock Live Free and Equal on Facebook, visit the website at http://monadnocklivefreeandequal.wordpress.com/ or call AIDS Services at