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Says Legislature Should Let the People Vote

Concord, NH - Today, Representative Dan Itse (R-Fremont), introduced a constitutional amendment, that if approved by the legislature and the Governor, would allow the voters of New Hampshire to have their say in the gay 'marriage' debate.  The amendment, if approved, would be on the November ballot in 2010.  Commenting on the proposed amendment, Cornerstone's Kevin Smith, stated the following:

"Thirty states have felt it important enough to put this question to the people and in all thirty states, the people have said they do not want gay marriage.  This November, the people of Maine will have their opportunity to vote on the issue as well.  It is high time the New Hampshire legislature let the will of the people decide policy on this matter by giving them the opportunity to vote on gay marriage.  A vote for this constitutional amendment is a vote for democracy."

The wording of the constitutional amendment simply states: "The State shall only recognize the union of one man and one woman as marriage."


DSCC - Ayotte is Pro-Life, Opposes Gay Marriage 



Source: Ayotte is Pro-Life, Opposes Gay Marriage


Kelly Ayotte


Republican senate candidate Kelly Ayotte is pro-life, supports the Second Amendment and opposes gay marriage, according to a prominent conservative activist who says she has discussed these issues with the recently-resigned state attorney general.


Karen Testerman, a veteran of many conservative campaigns in New Hampshire and who now lives out of state, tells, “Yes, I have discussed the issues with her. Yes, she is pro-life, pro-marriage between one man and one woman and pro-second amendment.”


“Kelly has been pretty true to the constitution and the letter of the law judging from her interpretation and actions of the past,” she added.


Testerman, a conservative Christian, has signed up on Facebook as a supporter of Ayotte’s senate run.


The revelations, which the Ayotte campaign did not confirm despite our request, might end speculation once and for all as to where she stands on key issues. Ayotte has been silent on her positions and her campaign has taken a wait-and-see attitude when questioned about the subject.


Ayotte’s positions on issues have been a mystery even to her supporters, as reported Tuesday. Former Republican State Senator and Congressional candidate Bob Clegg, a supporter, was quoted in Roll Call on Tuesday saying, “Would I call her a Republican or Democrat? I wouldn’t call her either. I think she’s one of the most thoughtful people on the political spectrum.”




Says Lynch needs to stop wasting time and money on the gay marriage issue



Concord -Yesterday it was reported that Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). When asked (by whether or not New Hampshire would sign on to the pending suit,Lynch spokesman, Colin Manning, implied they may be considering it bystating, "Unfortunately, the federal government does not extend the same rights and protections that New Hampshire provides same-sex families, and that should change."


Reacting to this was Cornerstone Director, Kevin Smith, "It is our sincere hope that Governor Lynch does not waste any more of the taxpayer's time and money on the issue of gay marriage. It would seem to me thatwith the Governoralready facing a looming budget deficit hewould not want to shift his priorities to the gay marriage issue againas he did earlier this year."


Smith added, "It is quite amazing though how this Governor went from publically opposing gay marriage asrecently as April and now continues to support the repeal of DOMA. Perhaps this is another reason why his poll numbers have plummeted in the last few months - his wordsimply cannot be trusted."


To read the entire story from nhpoliticalreport.comon the Governor's reaction to the DOMA lawsuit filed in MA, click HERE.



DSCC - Could this by Lynch's parting shot to Ayotte?  

Could this by Lynch's parting shot to Ayotte?


Wednesday, July 8 2009 04:32 PM

By James W. Pindell


CONCORD -- Democratic Gov. John Lynch hasn't read the Massachusetts lawsuit against the federal government over the Defense of Marriage Act, but his opposition to the law and with state gay marriage beginning in six months, it is possible he could ask state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte to sign on to the lawsuit as one of her final actions in office. The move would force Ayotte, a Republican, to take a no-win position quickly on a high profile social issue as she begins to explore a U.S. Senate run.


When Lynch signed the same-sex marriage bill into law last month he said Congress should repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the federal government from recognizing gay marriage, which of of particular concern in the tax code.


Earlier today Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed the lawsuit on behalf of her state saying that the DOMA law, passed in 1996, "constitutes an overreaching and discriminatory federal law."


When asked, Lynch spokesman Colin Manning sounded at least sympathic to the Massachusetts argument.


"Unfortunately, the federal government does not extend the same rights and protections that New Hampshire provides same-sex families, and that should change," said Manning. "As for the Massachusetts lawsuit, we have not reviewed the litigation."


Ayotte is set to resign as Attorney General on July 17th to explore a U.S. Senate run. If Lynch decides before then to have the state sign-on to the lawsuit he would put Ayotte in a tough position politically. Ayotte has to both appeal to a Republican base for the primary while at the same time not alienate voters in the general election who would be living with gay marriage for nearly a year.


If she carries out Lynch's wishes the base would be upset. If she refuses to sign the state on, she could mobilize gay organizations against her, open up negative attacks and hurt her bi-partisan image. If she lets it sit on her desk for the next person she may make everyone upset.


Quite the parting gift.




CONCORD – Senator Jeanne Shaheen this week announced that after decades of supporting traditional marriage, she has flip-flopped her position and come out in favor of same-sex marriage - only after it became law in New Hampshire. Shaheen joins other Granite State Democrats, including Governor John Lynch, who have caved into pressure from the radical left of their Party, and changed their stance on the issue.


As Governor, Shaheen “condemned” same-sex marriages and clearly stated that she believed that marriage should only “exist between a man and a woman.” She also rejected civil unions, and vocally opposed Vermont’s first in the nation civil union law.


“After having clearly opposed same-sex marriage and civil unions for decades, Jeanne Shaheen is ‘pulling a Lynch’ and caving into pressure from the radical left of her Party. This is another example of how unprincipled, deceitful and dishonest the New Hampshire Democrat Party has become,” said NHGOP Communications Director Ryan Williams. “New Hampshire voters are now beginning to realize that the Democrats are more than willing to say one thing during the election season and then break their word once they are in office.”


Governor Lynch had also opposed same-sex marriage during his campaigns for office before signing legislation on Wednesday that legalized it.





Jeanne Shaheen Has Been A Strong Opponent Of Same-Sex Marriage:


  • Jeanne Shaheen “condemned” same-sex marriage: “Gov.JeanneShaheenyesterday condemned homosexualmarriages. ‘I believe that marital unions should exist between men and women,’Shaheentold reporters, when asked how she felt about the civil unions law.” (Union Leader, 4/27/00)


Jeanne Shaheen Opposed Civil Unions:


  • Jeanne Shaheen Opposed Vermont’s Civil Unions Law: "I don't support Vermont's law,"Shaheensaid.(Union Leader, 4/27/00)


  • Shaheen Reaffirmed Her Opposition To Civil Unions: “Shaheenhad said in April that she did not support the Vermont law and felt thatmarriageshould be reserved for a man and a woman.” (Union Leader, 10/27/00)


This Week, Shaheen Flip-Flopped Her Position On Same-Sex Marriage And Defended Governor Lynch’s Flip-Flop:


  • Shaheen Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage: "I congratulate Governor Lynch and the state legislature on advancing a marriage equality bill that also protects religious freedom. New Hampshire has a long history of leadership on issues of civil rights and equality, and I'm proud our state continues to lead the way in ending discrimination with this bill signing today." (Shaheen Press Release, 6/3/09)


Governor Lynch Had Clearly Opposed Same-Sex Marriage Before Legalizing It This Week:


  • Governor Lynch Opposed Same-Sex Marriage: “I think the word marriage is reserved for a marriage between a man and a woman.." (Union Leader, 4/16/09)