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Saturday
May232009

CPR-Action - Response to Governor Lynch's "principles" statement 

CPR-Action Comments onGovernor Lynch's Statement After Amendment Fails in House

 

 

Concord – Today, CPR-Action Executive Director, Kevin Smith, commented onthestatement from Governor Lynch's Office that if the legislature passes legislation that maintains his "principles", he will sign thebill.

 

"Once again, we see the Governor going back on his word. After declaring for years that he opposed gay marriage, the Governor then stated he had to 'do what was best' for the state only after the House and Senate passed gay marriage, breaking his word to the citizens of New Hampshire. Now, after stating he would only sign the bill if the legislature passed 'this language', he is again hedging his word by stating it needs to maintain its 'principles'."

 

Smith continued, "It is incredibly ironic at this point that the Governor would even be speaking of "principles" when hecan't evenabide bythe simpleprinciple of keeping ones word."

 

 

CPR-Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research.

 

Friday
May222009

NH GOP - NASHUA TELEGRAPH: LYNCH WILL REGRET GAY MARRIAGE FLIP-FLOP 

“We believe the governor had it right the first time. A gay marriage law is unnecessary in a state that recognizes the civil union of same-sex couples.... The governor would have been better advised to stand his ground – to veto the gay marriage bill as it was initially proposed.”

 

Nashua Telegraph Editorial, 5/21

 

 

 

Governor Will Regret Gay Marriage Flip-Flop

Nashua Telegraph

EDITORIAL

May 21, 2009

 

The New Hampshire Legislature added to the confusion surrounding gay marriage legislation on Wednesday by failing to approve changes demanded by the governor.

By a vote of 188-186, the House refused to add the protections for religious institutions demanded by Gov. John Lynch as a condition of his signature.

It wasn't immediately clear whether lawmakers who previously voted for the bill changed their minds about gay marriage, did not want to make the changes demanded by the governor, or did not like the compromise that emerged from the Senate.

Whatever the case, Lynch now finds himself in a lose-lose situation with gay marriage opponents.

If the bill is ultimately modified to his satisfaction, and he signs as promised, they will most certainly feel betrayed.

If he vetoes the bill, he will alienate much of his Democratic base and still incur the wrath of conservative voters who will never forget that he stood ready to sign it.

In fairness to the governor, he never said he would veto a gay marriage bill should one cross his desk. However, he left little room for doubt about his position: Marriage is the union of a man and a woman, and the civil union legislation on the books in New Hampshire is adequate to provide equal protection under the law to same-sex couples.

We believe the governor had it right the first time. A gay marriage law is unnecessary in a state that recognizes the civil union of same-sex couples. The energy of gay rights advocates and their supporters in the state Legislature should be directed toward ensuring that same-sex couples in civil unions truly do enjoy the same rights and protections as marriage.

 

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The governor would have been better advised to stand his ground – to veto the gay marriage bill as it was initially proposed, while pledging to work harder than ever to ensure that the legal actions of the New Hampshire Legislature are respected in the other 49 states and by the federal government as the Constitution intended.

Instead, he has provided powerful political ammunition to those who oppose any legal recognition for same-sex couples, whether through marriage or civil union.

 

 

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Thursday
May212009

NH GOP TO LYNCH: VETO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, FOCUS ON BUDGET 

“House and Senate Republicans this morning called for Gov. John Lynch to veto the same-sex marriage bills so lawmakers may move on to the critical issues facing the state.”

 

-Union Leader, 5/21

 

 

Republicans to Lynch: Veto gay marriage bill, focus on budget
Union Leader

By Garry Rayno

May 21, 2009

 

CONCORD – House and Senate Republicans this morning called for Gov. John Lynch to veto the same-sex marriage bills so lawmakers may move on to the critical issues facing the state.

 

Republicans also called for a non-binding referendum on the same-sex marriage to go before voters in the 2010 election. New Hampshire forbids binding voter referendums.

 

“Now is the time to allow the citizens of New Hampshire to vote on a same-sex marriage referendum,” said Sen. Minority Leader Peter Bragdon, R-Milford.

 

Former House Speaker and current House assistant minority leader Gene Chandler, R-Bartlett, said the proposed budget is half a billion dollars out of balance and there is only six weeks to resolve it before the new fiscal year begins.

 

“However you feel about same-sex marriage it is time to move on and deal with the budget of the State of New Hampshire,” Chandler said this morning at a news conference.

 

 

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Thursday
May212009

NH House and Senate Republicans- Joint Press Release for gay marriage 

Republicans Respond to Same-Sex Marriage Vote

 

Concord, NH –House and Senate Republicans held a press conference today in response to yesterday's votes on Governor Lynch's same-sex marriage proposal.

 

“What the governor and Democrats in the legislature are attempting to do with gay marriage sets a very dangerous precedent,” said House Republican Leader Sherm Packard (R-Londonderry). “The governor has had several months to weigh-in on this issue but instead he chose to wait until the midnight hour to demand changes to legislation that had already passed both chambers. This is not the way we do business in New Hampshire.”

 

“Governor Lynch sat in his office last week and said that the amended language in HB 73 had to pass in order for him to sign same-sex marriage into law,” said Senior Assistant Republican Leader, Rep. Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett). “The House spoke yesterday and refused to accede to the governor’s demands and the only responsible thing left for him to do is honor his commitment and veto the same-sex marriage legislation so that we can finally get back to the real problems facing this state, specifically the budget and fixing our economy.”

 

Same-sex marriage legislation was introduced in the legislature on January 8th. After five months and three votes later by full bodies of both houses, no consensus has been formed on this issue, taking the focus away from pressing budgetary matters facing the State.

 

“Now is the time to allow the citizens of New Hampshire to vote on a same-sex marriage referendum. Senate Republicans plan to propose a referendum, so that we can move forward on other important issues such as the budget problems,” stated Senate Minority Leader Peter Bragdon (R-Milford).

 

Following yesterday’s vote, Governor Lynch’s proposed changes to same-sex marriage will likely proceed to a committee of conference consisting of House and Senate conferees from both parties. “The committee of conference that will now deal with gay marriage must be fair and leadership should include members who voted on both sides of the issue,” added Rep. Packard.

 

“We call upon Governor John Lynch and the House and Senate Leadership to abide by the House and Senate rules during the committee of conference process. With multiple last minute amendments on this historic issue, we urge them to respect the legislative protocol,” said Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry).

 

Thursday
May212009

NHGOP STATEMENT ON NH HOUSE REJECTING LYNCH SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AMENDMENT 

CONCORD – Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu released the following statement on the New Hampshire House voting to reject Governor John Lynch’s same-sex marriage amendment:

 

“Now even the Democrats are angry at Governor Lynch for trying to have it both ways. The Democrats are clearly saying to the Governor that his style of avoiding making important decisions is not the New Hampshire way. It is fitting justice that the Democrats are sticking it to the Governor for going back on his word.”

 

 

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