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Wednesday
Feb122014

NHDP - Do Republican Candidates Stand With Out of Touch Kelly Ayotte of People of NH? 

NHDems call on GOP candidates to support equal rights for all


Concord -  Do the Republican Congressional candidates stand with Kelly Ayotte or the people of New Hampshire?  That is the question Granite Staters have for Frank Guinta, Gary Lambert, Marilinda Garcia, and Dan Innis.  This weekend, Ayotte opposed the Justice Department expansion of equal rights to married lesbian and gay couples saying the executive order was just another example of “imposing its will on the states.

“Do Guinta, Lambert, Garcia and Innis stand with the people of New Hampshire they claim to want to represent or are they standing with the out of touch Kelly Ayotte on her crusade against equal rights for all?”  said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  “Senator Ayotte couldn’t be more wrong.   Recognizing equal rights is recognizing the will of the people of New Hampshire, and of the entire country, it is not an imposition.”

Numerous public opinion polls show that the majority of Granite Staters support New Hampshire’s marriage equality. [UNH Survey Center; PPP] Similarly across the country, Americans support marriage equality by a wide margin. [Washington Post, 3/2013]

Last year the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to refuse federal benefits to married couples regardless of orientation.  This order would further expand equal rights to married couples, specifically “eliminating the distinction between same-sex and opposite-sex married couples in the federal criminal justice system.”

“New Hampshire families can’t afford any more, Republicans in Washington, like Senator Ayotte who will stand in the way of equal rights for all,” continued Buckley.  "Today I am calling on New Hampshire Republicans to join with the majority of Granite Staters and the Democratic Party in supporting equal marriage rights.”

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