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Saturday
Jun272015

Cornerstone - SCOTUS Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

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The first question presented to the Supreme Court was whether or not the constitution requires a state to license same-sex marriage.  The Constitution in no way requires states and their citizens to license same sex marriage, yet the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise. By doing so, it has redefined an institution that has proven through the centuries to benefit humanity.

Redefining marriage has severe social and cultural repercussions that we can expect to see in the wake of this decision.  Particular concerns arise as we consider how marriage affects children and parental rights.  We know that children and families are stronger when a married, committed mother and father are present.  Don’t our children at least deserve this?  We’ve already seen the results of the disintegration of marriage.  Redefining marriage to include same-sex partners will only lead us to further cultural instability.     

The second part of this decision has also undermined the Tenth Amendment.  Voters in 31 States have already voted to keep the definition of marriage as one man and one woman. By disregarding this, the Supreme Court has overstepped its bounds.  The Supreme Court should not be able to overrule the United States citizens with a one case ruling.  According to the ruling, States would need to recognize same sex marriages performed lawfully out-of-state regardless of the opinion of that State’s citizens.  

While we are disappointed in the ruling, this is not the end of the debate.  In fact, this is the beginning of larger discussion on marriage, family and the importance that both these issues have in our country’s well being.

Executive Director Bryan McCormack commented, “We are severely disappointed in the Supreme Court’s lack of respect for the millions of citizens across the United States who believe in traditional marriage. This was not the Supreme Court’s decision to make, however, we still remain hopeful. We remain hopeful in the health and goodness that marriage between a man and a woman brings to our state and our nation.”

Cornerstone Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research, a nonprofit non-partisan New Hampshire public policy organization working to promote strong New Hampshire families.  

Tuesday
May122015

Cornerstone - Rick Santorum Headlines Cornerstone Banquet May 12 

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Cornerstone Policy Research Welcomes Rick Santorum to 15th Anniversary Celebration May 12
 
Cornerstone Policy Research will mark its first fifteen years of research and advocacy for New Hampshire families at a banquet on Tuesday, May 12 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. Featured speaker will be Senator Rick Santorum. A reception at 6:15 p.m. will precede the 7:00 p.m. dinner.

Cornerstone Policy Research and its advocacy arm, Cornerstone Action, are non-profit non-partisan New Hampshire organizations dedicated to building strong New Hampshire families. Cornerstone works to promote respect for life, support traditional marriage, defend the rights of parents to make decisions about their childrens' education and health care, and encourage responsible government spending.
 
Senator Santorum and his wife Karen are the parents of seven children. The Santorums' recent book, “Bella’s Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation" is about their youngest daughter, Bella, born with Trisomy 18. Warned that their daughter had a short life expectancy, the Santorum family chose to celebrate her life rather than anticipate losing her. "Bella's Gift" relates how now-six-year-old Bella has been a transformative blessing to her parents and siblings. Senator Santorum represented Pennsylvania for two terms in the U.S. Senate.  

For more information about the event, contact Cornerstone at 603-228-4794
Saturday
May092015

Cornerstone - Governor Hassan Vetoes Family Focused SB 101 

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Today Governor Hassan vetoed SB101 prohibiting the department of education and the state board of education from implementing the common core standards in any school or school district in this state.

 
Parents showed up in large numbers to support SB101 giving numerous reasons why Common Core is not working in their local schools. 
 
SB101 was needed because there is still confusion in districts where parents are being told that their schools must adopt the standards or risk losing funding. It then becomes difficult for parents who want to lobby their elected school board members to use standards they feel are superior to Common Core.  SB101 would have helped parents move their local schools towards better quality academic standards.
 
The Veto by Governor Hassan misses another opportunity to stand with the parents in NH as they seek to make improvements to their local school districts.

Executive Director Bryan McCormack commented, "SB 101 was a common sense piece of legislation. It provided parents with the legal reference needed to make the choices they see as best for their children. It is sad that the Governor has ruled in favor of federal overreach and in opposition to parental choice."

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Thursday
Apr302015

Cornerstone - House Keeps New Hampshire Casino Free 

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Casino ITL Vote The Right Choice for New Hampshire
CPR Action applauds the New Hampshire House of Representatives on their choice to keep the Granite State casino free. The detriment of a casino will not bring its social and political costs to our state. Our representatives have seen the pitfalls of allowing expanded gambling to corrupt our New Hampshire brand and chosen wisely.
 
Executive Director Bryan McCormack commented, “ This is the right decision for New Hampshire. With the casino over saturation of the northeast, revenues are not what they promise. Likewise, the social costs are far greater than casino advocates suggest . New Hampshire can and will come up with better solutions than the addictive and unsure revenues of a casino.”


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Wednesday
Apr292015

Cornerstone - Senate Judiciary Rules Buffer Zone Repeal OTP 

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Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Repeal of “Buffer Zone”
 Cornerstone commends the Senate Judiciary committee for voting to repeal the “Buffer Zone” law by passing House Bill 403 with an Ought to Pass recommendation.  Members of the House and Now Senate committee have realized the importance of repealing this unconstitutional law.  This bill can now move forward to a full senate vote.

Repealing this law will allow New Hampshire to avoid costly litigation, similar to what was seen in Massachusetts where taxpayers were left to pay approx. $1.2 million in legal fees.  This fiscal impact along with the direct attack on citizen’s First Amendment rights makes repealing this law the most responsible and sensible course of action.

This law was hastily passed and signed last year before the Supreme Court had ruled on the Massachusetts law.  New Hampshire has not enforced the law and it is now clear that this mistake must be corrected by removing it from our statute.  “We’re pleased that the Senate Judiciary members have recognized the fiscal and constitutional implications of upholding this law.  It’s important that our legislators correct the prior mistake of rushing this legislation through by repealing the Buffer Zone law”, Political director Sarah Koski.
The Cornerstone team will continue to follow the progress of this legislation as it moves to the Senate. 
 
Cornerstone Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research, a nonprofit, non-partisan New Hampshire public policy organization working to promote strong New Hampshire families.