Statement from Governor Hassan on the Passing of Charlie Morgan

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

CONCORD - Upon learning of the passing of New Hampshire Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, who suffered from terminal breast cancer, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:

"Tom and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan. A dedicated soldier, wife and mother, her service and sacrifice exemplify what makes America and New Hampshire strong. Her fight for equality will outlive her fight against cancer. We can and should honor Charlie's legacy by continuing her fight to ensure that all families are treated equally by the State of New Hampshire and by the federal government. Our thoughts and prayers are with her wife Karen, her daughter Casey Elena, and all of her family and loved ones."

Charlie Morgan of New Durham, who led the Pledge of Allegiance at Governor Hassan's Inaugural Ceremony, was a nationally recognized advocate in the effort to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which bars her wife, Karen, from receiving military, Social Security and other benefits that would help her care for their five-year-old daughter Casey Elena.