CONCORD - Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith should condemn Speaker Bill O'Brien's hateful and unsubstantiated attacks on families led by same sex couples, said Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
In an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Exchange" yesterday, O'Brien said marriage equality "weakened families" and "create an unlimited call on government resources."
O'Brien offered no evidence for his allegation that same-sex families increase the need for government resources.
"This is another hateful and unsubstantiated attack on New Hampshire families by Bill O'Brien. It is time for Ovide Lamontagne and Kevin Smith to stand up to this type of bigotry and hate speech," Buckley said. "As we heard from Republicans so many times before, marriage can strengthen families and can it strengthen families economically - that's true for all families.
"All New Hampshire families deserve respect, not discriminatory lies from the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives," Buckley said.
Both Lamontagne and Smith, a former lobbyist for the National Organization for Marriage, have promised to work to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire.