ASMR - Take Action: ONLY Statewide Rally for Equality in Keene January 10

(Keene, NH) On January 10, the evening of the Republican Presidential
primary, equality activists will gather on Central Square in Keene, NH to
stand up for NH families demanding that all loving and committed couples,
including gays and lesbians, have the protections and rights of marriage.

The Monadnock Live Free and Equal Coalition will host the ONLY rally in the
state 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 bill is slated to be heard
on either January 11 or January 18 by the House Judiciary Committee. A
majority of NH Republican leadership in the House adamantly opposes equal
rights for gay citizens, much like the slate of Presidential candidates
visiting the state prior to next Tuesday’s election with the exception of
Fred Karger.

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.

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.”

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   or call AIDS Services at

Susan MacNeil, Executive Director
AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region -
The Cleve Jones Wellness House -
POB 396, 16 High Street
Gilsum, NH 03448
ph: (603) 357-6855
fax: (603) 358-5091

Supported in part by the City of Keene and Monadnock United Way.

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