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NHDP - Kelly Ayotte Latest US Senator to Flip-Flop on Marriage, Still Supports Discriminatory Federal Laws

Why are Bradley, Guinta, & O'Brien hiding? Will they oppose future efforts to overturn NH's equality law?


Concord - Amidst pressure from the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the majority of Granite Staters, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte flip-flopped on her support for overturning New Hampshire's marriage equality law.  While running for office Ayotte had promised the extreme right wing Cornerstone Action organization she would "help with any effort to get out law back on the right place on this." [Cornerstone Action Debate 2010] But on Thursday she changed her position saying "this is a matter for the states" and "New Hampshire's already made that decision and I respect that decision."  [NHPR, 3/28/2013]


"While we are thrilled to see Kelly Ayotte finally flip-flopping on New Hampshire's state marriage equality law, the question now is will other New Hampshire Republicans follow suit?  Does Jennifer Horn plan to amend the NHGOP's party platform?  Will Jeb Bradley, Frank Guinta, and Bill O'Brien pledge to oppose future efforts to overturn New Hampshire's law?" asked Harrell Kirstein, New Hampshire Democratic Party's communications director.  "Or will they continue to stand with the far right wing and radical conservative organizations that would deny equal rights to loving New Hampshire families."


Ayotte continues to support the discriminatory 'DOMA' law that denies New Hampshire families equal protection at the federal level. [NHPR, 3/28/2013, WMUR, 3/27/2013]  Jeb Bradley voted against marriage equality as at a state senator in Concord, and voted for a constitutional amendment against marriage equality while in still Congress. [HB436 Roll Call; Roll Call 387]  Frank Guinta also voted against marriage equality while in Washington.[Concord Monitor, 11/4/2012]  As Speaker, Bill O'Brien led numerous unsuccessful attempts to repeal New Hampshire's marriage equality law. [Nashua Telegraph, 11/11/2012]


Public opinion polls continue to show overwhelming support for marriage equality both in New Hampshire and across the nation. [UNH Survey Center; Washington Post, 3/2013]


NHDP - NH Sen Pierce Action Alert: Stand up for Equality! 

Dear Friend:
As the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments this week on marriage equality, Republican leaders Kelly Ayotte, Frank Guinta, Jeb Bradley, and Bill O'Brien continue to oppose marriage equality.  



In 2009, I was proud to work with members of both parties to pass marriage equality in New Hampshire.  And since then, the people of New Hampshire have stood for fairness and equality time and again.  Unfortunately, Republican leaders have lurched so far to the right they are out of touch with the majority of New Hampshire citizens and even the majority of their own party.  





Take action today!  Sign our petition urging Kelly Ayotte, Frank Guinta, Jeb Bradley, and Bill O'Brien to stand with the majority of Granter Staters and support equality for all.  



Thank you,

Senator David Pierce



P.S. - After you sign our petition will you forward it to a friend and share on Facebook and Twitter?


NHDP - Kelly Ayotte, NHGOP Lurch to Right of National Republicans

Democrats Call on NH Republicans to Support Equal Rights for all NH Citizens


Concord - As the Supreme Court of the United States begins hearing oral arguments on marriage equality, national Republicans have scrambled to fall in line with the majority of Americans and support equal rights for all.  Unfortunately, the New Hampshire Republican Party led by Senator Kelly Ayotte has maintained its out of touch position seeking to deny equal protection to New Hampshire citizens based solely on who they love.


Not only is the New Hampshire Republican State Committee's opposition to equal rights listed in the official Party Platform that was ratified by the delegate members of NHGOP, but New Hampshire Republican leaders have actively sought to deny equality to Granite Staters. []

·         Senator Kelly Ayotte refuses to support equal rights, has promised to help repeal New Hampshire's marriage equality law and opposes repeal of discriminatory federal statues.  [Youtube

·         As a member of Congress Frank Guinta backed an effort to ban same-sex marriages. [Concord Monitor, 11/4/2012]

·         Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley voted against equal marriage rights both in Concord [HB436 Roll Call] and Washington.  He even voted in favor of enshrining inequality in the United States' Constitution. [Roll Call 387]

·         As House Speaker Bill O'Brien made repealing marriage equality a legislative priority for House Republicans.  [Nashua Telegraph,11/11/2012]


"Today I am calling on New Hampshire Republicans to join with the majority of Granite Staters and the Democratic Party in supporting equal marriage rights," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.  "Unfortunately New Hampshire Republicans have lurched so far to the right they are out of touch not just with the majority of Americans, but even with members of their own party nationally.  This is further evidence that the NHGOP has lost any connection to traditional New Hampshire values in its desire to become the face and voice of the Tea Party and radical social conservatives."


Numerous public opinion polls show that the majority of Granite Staters and Americans support marriage equality. [UNH Survey Center; Washington Post, 3/2013]


ICYMI: Young Conservatives For The Freedom To Marry Group Grows 

Washington, DC - Today Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry announced a new campaign manager and 20 new members of its leadership committee, including three of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman's daughters, seasoned veterans of Republican presidential and Senate campaigns, television commentators, authors, and communications strategists. The new members will be welcomed by current members Meghan McCain, Margaret Hoover, and more at a reception in Washington, DC, on March 18.


Tyler Deaton is the new Campaign Manager of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry. Deaton, a managing director of b-fresh consulting llc, works as a lobbyist and political consultant in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 2011-2012, Deaton led the successful legislative effort to protect the freedom to marry in New Hampshire, marking the first time that a majority of Republicans voted in favor of the freedom to marry.


"The rapid growth of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry reflects the increasing number of Republicans, libertarians, and right-of-center Americans who are completing their own journeys on marriage for same-sex couples," Deaton said. "When conservatives learn why marriage matters to gay people, they realize that they share the same values as anyone else: committing themselves to each other, making a lifetime vow of love, and protecting their families. The freedom to marry is not a Democratic or Republican value; it's an American value that we all can and should support."


New leadership members include Abby, Liddy, and Mary Anne Huntsman, who are daughters of former Utah Governor and U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman. Jon Huntsman announced his support for the freedom to marry in February, while the women have been long-term supporters of marriage. Some of the other notable names include:

  • S.E. Cupp, conservative author, MSNBC host, columnist at the New York Daily News and contributing editor at Townhall Magazine
  • Liz Mair, founder and president of Mair Strategies LLC and the online communications director for the 2008 Republican National Committee
  • Eduardo J. Lopez-Reyes, national vice chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus
  • Will Cain, a media entrepreneur, small business owner and television commentator
  • Nathan Parsons, Director of Operations for Allegiance Strategies
  • Shannon Kiely-Heider, a government relations director for Cummins, Inc.
  • James Owens, president of Oregon Log Cabin Republicans

A complete list of the new leadership members with their pictures and biographies can be found here:


Meghan McCain, Margaret Hoover, Abby Huntsman, Liddy Huntsman, and Mary Anne Huntsman are confirmed to join more than 15 other Young Conservatives at a reception on Monday, March 18, from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Restaurant in Washington, DC. Journalists interested in attending can RSVP to


"I am thrilled to be part of such a diverse, talented group of conservatives who believe in doing the right thing," said Abby Huntsman, host and producer for HuffPo Live and political commentator. "Freedom means freedom for everyone, and this includes the freedom to marry the person you love. Marriage for same-sex couples strengthens families and strengthens America, and it's time for conservatives to help make it a reality."


Roughly half of the Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry leadership committee members live in the Washington, DC, metro area, while the other half hail from various states including New York and New Hampshire, which have the freedom to marry; Illinois, Minnesota, and Oregon, which are working to win the freedom to marry; and Utah, which has no relationship recognition for same-sex couples. About half are male and half female, while half are straight and half are gay. They range in age from 20 to 40 years old. About 80% identify as Republican, while others identify as independent, libertarian, or otherwise conservative. Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry launched in July 2012.


Governor Hassan, Attorney General Delaney Announce New Hampshire Has Joined Multi-State Effort in Support of Marriage Equality 

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

Amicus Briefs Encourage U.S. Supreme Court to Overturn DOMA, California’s Prop 8


CONCORD – To ensure that New Hampshire’s citizens and all Americans are treated equally under the law, Governor Maggie Hassan and Attorney General Mike Delaney announced today that New Hampshire has joined more than a dozen other states in two amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court defending the right to civil marriage for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.

“Throughout our history, every time we have sought to include all people in the life of our democracy, we have grown stronger,” Governor Hassan said. “I’m proud that New Hampshire has led the way in ensuring marriage equality for all of our citizens, because encouraging strong marriages for loving couples strengthens families and communities. We are urging the Supreme Court to strike down these discriminatory measures because all New Hampshire married couples should receive fair and equal treatment from the federal government.”

Although New Hampshire legally recognizes their marriages, same-sex couples continue to be discriminated against by the federal government. For example, same-sex spouses on a family health plan have to pay taxes on the coverage, while other married couples do not. Same sex couples cannot file their taxes jointly. Nor can they collect survivor benefits.

“First and foremost, this is a fairness and civil rights issue, but it is also an economic issue for our state, our businesses and our families,” Governor Hassan said.

The briefs have been filed in two cases, Windsor v. United States, which challenges the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and Hollingsworth v. Perry, which challenges California’s Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages. In the briefs, the states highlight that they have been strengthened by measures to provide marriage equality and argue that the DOMA and Prop 8 measures actually harm families by denying the multitude of legal and social benefits of marriage to same-sex couples and their children.

“Federal laws have for many years deferred to states on the issue of marriage. In order to protect New Hampshire’s law and ensure the equality of New Hampshire’s citizens we join other states on both amicus briefs,” Attorney General Delaney said. “DOMA departs from tradition by seeking to define domestic relations through federal law, and compels New Hampshire to discriminate among our own lawfully married couples. New Hampshire has a compelling interest in ensuring we can protect the rights the legislature has provided to our citizens. In addition, we urge the Court to strike Proposition 8 down because all Americans have a right to fair and equal treatment.”

Other states joining in the effort include Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Washington as well as the District of Columbia.