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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.”
 
Thursday
Oct302014

Daily Signal - City Says Ministers Don't Have to Wed Same-Sex Couples, but Here's Why It's Not Over Yet 

The Daily Signal

 

October 30, 2014

Morning Bell

City Says Ministers Don't Have to Wed Same-Sex Couples, but Here's Why It's Not Over Yet

An Idaho town is not going to force a Christian couple who own a wedding chapel to perform same-sex marriages, the town's main attorney told The Daily Signal.

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Latest Reason to Oppose Amnesty? Voter Fraud

Are non-citizens potentially voting in Tuesday's election?

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In the War on Terrorism, We Must Win the War of Ideas

Daily Policy Focus: The foundational ideas of Western civilization matter today as much as ever.

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Friday
Oct242014

NHDP - Huffington Post: "Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts of Floor Speech on Same-Sex Marriage"

Huffington Post: "Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts of Floor Speech on Same-Sex Marriage"
 
"Revelations that Marilinda Garcia plagiarized portions of an anti-marriage equality speech she gave on the State House floor from a conservative publication raises serious questions about her integrity and whether she will truly represent the best interests of New Hampshire," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lesswing. "Marilinda Garcia needs to come clean with Granite Staters and admit if she's ever plagiarized any other public statements she's made."
 
"Either way, Granite Staters deserve an independent voice who will listen to the needs and concerns of constituents, not a scripted candidate who relies on right-wing talking points to push an extreme Tea Party agenda that is out-of-touch with New Hampshire values," added Lesswing.
 
See here or below for the full Huffington Post story:

GOP House Candidate Marilinda Garcia Plagiarized Parts Of Floor Speech On Same-Sex Marriage

Marilinda Garcia, a Republican U.S. House candidate from New Hampshire, plagiarized portions of a 2012 speech she gave against same-sex marriage, according to an analysis by the left-leaning group Granite State Progress.

Garcia, who was named a "rising star" by the Republican National Committee, delivered the speech as a state representative in an effort to repeal New Hampshire's marriage equality law. The language she used is nearly identical in some passages to a 2010 editorial by the National Review.

"Marriage exists to solve a problem," Garcia said. "That problem is a societal problem that rises from sex between men and women, but not from sex between partners of the same gender. That problem is what to do about its generativity."

The National Review editorial has a very similar paragraph:

Marriage exists, in other words, to solve a problem that arises from sex between men and women, but not from sex between partners of the same gender: what to do about its generativity.

Granite State Progress pointed out many other passages Garcia appears to have plagiarized. She said in her speech, "A man and a woman who unite biologically may or may not have children depending on factors beyond their control, but the point is that a same-sex couple cannot thus unite."

The National Review editorial uses the same words: "A man and a woman who unite biologically may or may not have children depending on factors beyond their control; a same-sex couple cannot thus unite."

Even longer passages from Garcia's speech mimic parts of the editorial. Here is Garcia:

The campaign for same-sex marriage, as evidenced by the immediate abandonment of civil unions, is primarily motivated by one specific benefit, and that is the symbolic statement by the government that committed same-sex relationships are equivalent to marriages. But with respect to the purposes of marriage, they're not equivalent. And so, this psychic benefit can not be granted without telling a lie about what marriage is, and why a society and legal system should recognize and support it.

Here is the National Review:

The campaign for same-sex marriage is primarily motivated by one specific benefit: the symbolic statement by the government that committed same-sex relationships are equivalent to marriages. But with respect to the purposes of marriages, they're not equivalent; and so this psychic benefit cannot be granted without telling a lie about what marriage is and why a society and legal system should recognize and support it.

Garcia changed the wording around a little bit in some passages and included a personal anecdote in her speech, but she did not cite the National Review.

Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress, said the plagiarism is evidence that Garcia simply parrots right-wing talking points, rather than thinking for herself.

"Marilinda Garcia is a Koch-funded and scripted candidate who sticks closely to the talking points provided by her big dollar donors. On the occasions she has had to speak in more detail about her own record and positions, she has struggled. Now we learn that she plagiarized major sections of a speech she gave on the House floor. We cannot be certain this was the only time Garcia has taken someone else's work and passed it off as her own," she said.

Garcia's campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Thursday
Oct232014

Daily Signal - Government Spends $1 Million to Study 'Subversive Propaganda' Online 

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October 23, 2014

Morning Bell

Government Spends $1 Million to Study 'Subversive Propaganda' Online

Should the same government that improperly denied conservatives tax-exempt status now track the Twitter hashtag #teaparty?

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This Spunky College Intern Is the Face of the New Republican Ground Game

Meet Rhett Johnson, a student intern at the North Carolina GOP and the new face of Republican get-out-the-vote efforts.

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Democrat-Appointed Federal Judge: No Right to Same-Sex Marriage

Daily Policy Focus: He concludes that the U.S. Constitution does not require the redefinition of marriage.

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