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Wednesday
Apr292015

NHDP Stands With ALL NH Families While GOP Wants to Pull Us Backwards 

CONCORD, N.H.- The Supreme Court hears arguments on Obergefell v. Hodges today, the case that will determine whether marriage equality can be extended to all states. Although same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire since 2009 and seventy-five percent of Granite Staters support it, the GOP just can’t catch up and continue to support discrimination against LGBT families. Just take a look at the GOP’s opinions on the subject:
 

  • Calling same-sex unions marriages “offends myself and a lot of people” – Rand Paul
  • “I believe in traditional marriage” – Jeb Bush
  • “I’m holding firm against gay marriage” – Bobby Jindal
  • “I believe marriage is between one man and one woman” – Marco Rubio
  • “I am not a fan of same-sex marriage” – Chris Christie
  • “Our state passed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman. I voted for it.” – Scott Walker

 
“As the Supreme Court hears arguments for marriage equality today, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is proud to stand with ALL New Hampshire families because love is love,” said Ray Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “Granite Staters overwhelmingly support marriage equality, but the Republican candidates for President continue to stand on the side of discrimination. Their disgraceful attempts to pull us backwards won’t be successful in New Hampshire – it’s time they dropped their campaign against progress.”
 

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Tuesday
Apr282015

NHDP - On Eve of Landmark Supreme Court Case, Granite Staters Reminded of Kelly Ayotte’s Staunch Opposition to Marriage Equality 

Concord, N.H. – As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a landmark marriage equality case tomorrow, Granite Staters are reminded of Kelly Ayotte’s staunch opposition to New Hampshire’s own marriage equality law.
 
Ayotte has made her opposition to marriage equality clear: “I absolutely support and believe in marriage as between a man and a woman. I do think it’s unfortunate that our state has made a different decision on that. I know that many of you who are out there working at the state level, running for state office. I commend your efforts to repeal that law here in the state of New Hampshire. I think that’s very important.”
 
Ayotte’s opposition is completely out-of-step with the views of New Hampshire, with polling showing that 75% of Granite Staters support marriage equality (making New Hampshire the most supportive state in the nation).
 
“Kelly Ayotte’s backward position on marriage equality is just another reminder that she is focused on following her party’s leadership and advancing her national interests, not representing the people of New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “I’m proud that Granite Staters have made clear that we strongly support the right to marry for all of our citizens, and it’s time for Ayotte to get the message.”
 
Saturday
Apr182015

NHDP Memo to GOP Presidential Hopefuls 

MEMO

To: GOP Presidential Hopefuls

From: New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley

Welcome to New Hampshire! We hope you enjoy your time here, but we want to warn you that you may find yourselves less than pleased with our inclusive, bipartisan policies that have made the Granite State a wonderful place to live.

Paycheck fairness

Just this past year, our governor, Governor Hassan, signed a bipartisan Paycheck Fairness Act, which will level the playing field for countless women across New Hampshire. Last Tuesday was equal pay day, and it was an especially proud day for New Hampshire this year.

Because you’re all pandering to the extreme right in your party, we imagine our new law makes you feel pretty uncomfortable. This is what we know about you and your take on equal pay:

  • Jeb Bush stated that he did not know what the Paycheck Fairness Act was when he was asked about it.

  • Chris Christie vetoed equal pay legislation calling it “senseless bureaucracy.”

  • Rick Perry vetoed an equal pay law and said focusing on the issue was “nonsense.”

  • Scott Walker repealed an equal pay law saying it was a “bogus issue.”

  • Marco Rubio said the Paycheck Fairness Act was about “scoring political points,” “wasting time,” and a “show vote.”  

  • Rand Paul compared the Paycheck Fairness Act to the Soviet Politburo.

Same-sex marriage

New Hampshire has been proud to allow same-sex couples to marry here since our marriage equality law passed in 2009. We know that the marriage equality in our state has made us stronger. But we also know that your stances on marriage equality are out of the mainstream and­ would move our country backwards. We find your views on same-sex marriage wrong, and in some cases, totally bizarre.

  • Jeb Bush not only opposes marriage equality, he even said a federal constitutional amendment preventing same-sex marriage was “the right thing”

  • Rand Paul doesn’t believe in the concept of gay rights, because, as he puts it, “I don’t really believe in rights based on your behavior.”

  • Scott Walker has doubled down on his opposition to same-sex marriage and pledges to fight against the legalization of gay marriage.

  • Marco Rubio is opposed to same-sex marriage, helped raise money for an abusive “ex-gay therapy” organization, and has said that he thinks gay adoption is a social experiment.

  • Ted Cruz proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would keep gay marriage out of states that didn’t allow it

  • Chris Christie has said he is “not a fan” of same-sex marriage, and even vetoed same-sex marriage legislation in New Jersey hours after it was passed.

  • Bobby Jindal supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and held a prayer rally sponsored by a group that tied Hurricane Katrina to the rising approval of same-sex marriage.

  • Rick Perry supported a federal marriage amendment and compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

Anti-discrimination legislation

In New Hampshire we’re also proud to have legislation on the books – for about 20 years actually – that prevents discrimination against individuals based on who they love.

We imagine that might alarm you, based on the discriminatory stances you’ve taken:

  • Mike Pence of Indiana’s new law gives business owners the right to deny service to LGBT Americans.

  • Jeb Bush made his anti-LGBT stance clear when he voiced support for right to discriminate legislation that would give businesses the right to refuse services to LGBT people. His comments are a clear attack on the LGBT community and just go to show that he wants to turn back the clock on progress we have made.

  • Rand Paul thought that businesses should have the right to discriminate against gay Americans, arguing it should be left up to the “marketplace.”

  • Ted Cruz believes that the government should not force anyone to serve same-sex couples if it goes against their religion and even sponsored legislation that would give organizations a license to discriminate against same-sex couples.

  • Marco Rubio not only voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because it would provide “special protections” for gay people, but he also believes businesses should be able to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Guaranteed access to contraception

Sixteen years ago, our state passed bipartisan legislation that requires contraception to be covered by a woman’s health insurance. This law means that we don’t discriminate against women, won’t take away their right to comprehensive health care, and even save them hundreds or thousands of dollars that they can now spend on education, groceries, child care – you name it. Sounds like many of you want to take away that right, though:

  • Just one month before the Supreme Court gave a woman’s boss the ability to take her birth control away from her in the Hobby Lobby decision, Jeb Bush praised companies, organizations, and individuals who would fight for the ability to take away a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions

  • Chris Christie supported the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision shortly after refusing to comment on the case and said he wasn’t concerned about the impact the case would have on women. He also opposed requiring insurers to cover contraceptives for women.

  • Scott Walker refused to enforce a Wisconsin law that requires insurers to cover birth control.

  • Ted Cruz was a leading Hobby Lobby supporter in the U.S. Senate, and even stumped for the company on the U.S. Senate floor in support of their anti-women policies.

  • Rand Paul agreed with Hobby Lobby’s anti-woman policies and accused President Obama of using the government to attack the company.

  • Marco Rubio compared Hobby Lobby’s policy of taking away a woman’s access to health care to an “American Tradition”.

  • Bobby Jindal called contraception an “abortifacient”, expressing zero understanding of what contraception even is.

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Tuesday
Apr142015

NHDP - Mitch McConnell Should Allow Binding Votes on Bipartisan Middle Class Bills 

RELEASE: Kelly Ayotte Should Tell Mitch McConnell To Allow Binding Votes on Bipartisan Middle Class Bills
 
Bipartisan Majorities in the Senate Voted for Non-Binding Amendments Supporting Key Middle Class Priorities, Now Republican Leadership Needs to Allow Binding Votes
 
Concord, N.H. – Two weeks ago, bipartisan majorities in theSenate voted for non-binding amendments supporting key middle class priorities. Now, it’s time for Kelly Ayotte to tell Mitch McConnell to stop stalling and allow binding votes on these critical priorities.
 
The middle class policies that received bipartisan support include implementing paid sick leave, ending discrimination against pregnant workers, ensuring equal access to benefits for same sex couples, and passing middle class tax cuts.
 
“If Kelly Ayotte actually supports these middle class bills, and isn’t just interested in blatantly political posturing, she will immediately call on Mitch McConnell to allow binding votes on these critical middle class priorities,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Implementing paid sick leave, ending discrimination against pregnant workers, ensuring equal access to benefits for same sex couples, and passing middle class tax cuts would have a real impact on New Hampshire’s middle class families, and these policies deserve a binding vote.”
 
BACKGROUND
 
Roll Call: After Budget Votes, Democrats Push Paid Sick Leave, Middle Class Tax Credits, Federal Benefits for Gay Couples
In a letter to the Kentucky Republican, a copy of which was obtained in advance by CQ Roll Call, nine Democratic senators called for votes on issues like paid sick leave and Social Security benefits for same-sex couples… Each of the four items identified by the Democratic signatories received broad support on non-binding amendment votes cast during the budget debate, with three of the four garnering in excess of the 60 votes that would be needed to overcome procedural hurdles and potential filibusters on the Senate floor. [Roll Call, 4/13/15]
Friday
Apr102015

NHDP - Rand Paul Doesn’t Want New Hampshire To “Live Free”… Thank Goodness He’s Gone 

MANCHESTER – New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement on Rand Paul’s visit to New Hampshire yesterday:

"When Washington Republicans swing through New Hampshire, they really like to hone in on our beloved state motto: Live Free or Die. Rand Paul did that yesterday and tried to fool Granite Staters into thinking he’s 'different' from other Republicans because he’ll 'fight for your right to be left alone' and live free. That’s about as ridiculous and hypocritical as it gets. If Rand Paul really believed in our right to 'live free,' he wouldn’t oppose a woman’s right to preventive health care coverage or to make her own health care decisions. He wouldn’t oppose an LGBT couple’s right to get married or, frankly, have rights at all. And he sure wouldn’t make it harder for people to carry out their right to vote. We hear from a lot of typical Republicans in New Hampshire and Rand Paul is one of them. Just like the rest of them, he’s not going to fight for our right to 'live free or die' – it’s time for him to drop the act."
 
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