CONCORD, NH- Standing Up for NH Families, the bipartisan group dedicated to stopping the repeal of marriage equality, announced today that lawmakers have received nearly 18,000 direct calls or emails from their constituents urging them to reject any attempt to thwart or dilute the 2009 law.
Volunteers have made nearly 39,000 phone calls, manning phone banks in Nashua, Portsmouth, Keene, Manchester, the University of New Hampshire, New England College and Concord. As a result of these hundreds of volunteer hours, 71 different House districts have been called, resulting in more than 5,000 direct phone calls to lawmakers asking them to reject repeal.
At the same time, nearly 8,100 New Hampshire residents have signed an online pledge opposing any effort to repeal or dilute the law, resulting in nearly 12,800 emails to lawmakers.
"These numbers are impressive but not surprising. Most people are stunned that the legislature is considering repealing this law and taking rights away from our families, friends and neighbors," said Craig Stowell, co-chair of Standing Up for NH Families and a Republican from Claremont. "People want to help, they want to be heard and most of all, they want the Legislature to get back to work on issues that really matter in these challenging economic times."
Jess Steever, a student at NH Technical Institute in Concord, described her nights making phone calls to voters this way: "There is nothing more productive in supporting a cause than volunteering. I believe that all loving couples deserve the right to marry and that marriage equality helps all families."
Another volunteer, Roberta Barry, a grandmother from Keene, said, "I keep coming week after week to ensure equality because we must remain vigilant and passionate about the civil rights of our gay families and friends."
Liz Hager, a former Republican state representative from Concord, who is a member of the SUFNHF Leadership Council has also volunteered her time to make calls to voters. “I feel very strongly about this. This law has worked well for us in New Hampshire and I don’t think it has caused anybody any harm.”
Stowell added that in these final days as the House prepares to vote on Representative Bates' bill and various amendments, volunteers will continue to work to ensure that this misguided effort fails.