CONCORD, NH-- Standing Up for NH Families, the bipartisan organization fighting efforts to repeal or roll back the 2009 marriage equality law, today criticized Rep. David Bates' last minute effort to further amend HB 437 on the eve of the House vote by stripping the bill of its core elements and seeking a non-binding referendum on the freedom to marry this November.
Addressing rumors in the statehouse about an overhaul of the bill, Craig Stowell, co-chair of the organization said, "This is nothing more than a bait and switch. This new bill -- because that's what it is -- has never had a public hearing, has never been vetted, and has never been in front of the people of New Hampshire."
"We didn't just fall off the turnip truck. Bates and his dwindling group of supporters have made it clear that they want to repeal this popular law, no matter what voters say and they view their chances improving with a new governor in 2013. So, make no mistake -- this has nothing to do with seeking voter sentiment and everything to do with winning at all costs."
Added Stowell, "This scramble by Bates is nothing more than a desperate attempt to grab votes. It's not good or thoughtful governance. The people have spoken on this issue many times over the last year -- in polls and on the town meeting floor and repeal has been rejected loudly and repeatedly. It's time for Bates to stop wasting valuable time."
HB 437 is on the calendar for a House vote tomorrow. Co-chair Stowell is a conservative Republican from Claremont who served his country in Iraq as a marine.