Entries in Gay Marriage (193)
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]
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.
Senator David Pierce
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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. [NHGOP.org]
· 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."