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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.


Statement from Governor Hassan on Introduction of Charlie Morgan Act by Senator Shaheen

Office of New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan

CONCORD – Governor Maggie Hassan released the following statement praising U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen who, along with New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), introduced the Charlie Morgan Act to make additional benefits available to all military spouses and families, regardless of sexual orientation:

“Honoring Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan’s legacy with the introduction of the Charlie Morgan Act ensures that her fight for equal rights will live on. I applaud Senators Shaheen and Gillibrand for taking action to ensure that all families are treated equally, regardless of sexual orientation. Charlie Morgan was a dedicated soldier, wife and mother, whose service and sacrifice exemplify what makes our country and state so strong, and it is fitting that this important piece of legislation bears her name.”


Cornerstone: Despite Popular Spin, Family Values Had Positive Affect on Tuesday’s Election

Families First Pledge Signers Supported By Cornerstone Action PAC Did Better than Republicans As a Whole

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge signers did better than Republicans as a group in Tuesday’s election, proving that voters did not reject the ideas Cornerstone is advancing and instead reacted to the Democrats’ successful effort to mislead voters and the Republicans’ failure to define how they would pursue pro-family issues in office.

“Cornerstone was acting in near isolation in New Hampshire promoting the issues of life, liberty of conscience, parental rights and the importance of supporting the nuclear family as the foundational building block of society, and candidates were left to fend for themselves when trying to define how reasonable and necessary these issues are,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “The Democratic Party incorrectly described these reasonable ideas as extreme, and the Republican Party agreed with these terms by ignoring the attacks and letting the Democrats’ definitions stick. As a result, the people rejected the party that failed to define these issues in favor of the one that did, however incorrectly.

“At the same time, Cornerstone can legitimately say that informed voters who the organization was able to reach absolutely favored Families First Pledge signers, because they know the ideas in the pledge are not just reasonable, they’re essential to maintaining freedom and prosperity in their state,” McGinley added. “Our Families First General Election Voter Guide was successful, despite the impact of wave voters.”

Cornerstone elected 65 of the candidates who signed the Families First Pledge or who were featured in a Candidate Corner article, 45 percent of the total candidates in this category. Even more impressive, 61 of those 65 candidates were elected to the N.H. House and that’s 48 percent of the total candidates in this category. Only 44 percent of the N.H. House is now represented by Republican members, and 35 percent of them openly supported Cornerstone’s issues. Looking at pledge signers alone, Cornerstone elected 55 to the House, or 49 percent of those who signed the pledge. Compare that to Republicans’ 176 winners, or 48 percent of all the candidates who ran under the GOP banner. Meanwhile, the percentage of Republican losers was precisely the same as the percentage of Cornerstone pledge signers or supported candidates who lost, meaning that Cornerstone’s issues were not a factor in their loss.

“I want to be the first one to warn the Republican Party about what course of action they take next,” McGinley said. “Republicans failure on Tuesday was not due to conservative, pro-family values, it was due to the party’s failure to properly address these issues and explain them to voters through their top-ticket candidates. If Republicans continue to ignore social issues as they did this election, these social issues will continue to be defined incorrectly by the Democrats for political advantage, whether Republicans like it or not.

“Cornerstone will continue to advocate for pro-family candidates in both parties, and we will continue to advance policies that protect innocent life, preserve liberty of conscience, emphasize the importance of the traditional family, restore parental rights and enact free market economic principles that operate independent of a limited, smaller government,” McGinley continued. “We hope that the Republican and Democratic parties come to their senses and help us advance these very American ideals, but if they do not, we will continue to advance them despite the efforts of the parties to ignore or diminish them.” 

With election results in hand, Cornerstone will be working over the next several weeks with elected pledge signers and other supported winners to advance its Families First Legislative Agenda during the upcoming bill signing period. Clearly, Cornerstone does not expect to pass many of the policies in its agenda over the next two years, but we do intend to build a case for them so the people will truly understand where we’re coming from when the 2014 elections come around. Cornerstone will pursue every policy that has a chance of success and will count on its elected pledge signers and other supported winners to introduce these bills and advance their purpose.

“The time for Republicans to wake up is now,” McGinley said. “This is not a time to abandon principle but a time to stand by it and convince the people why it is the best way forward for our state. We think that effort will be successful come 2014.”


About Cornerstone Action
Cornerstone-Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information and advocacy. Our vision is to create an environment in which strong families—the foundation of our society—can lead New Hampshire into a new era of prosperity and strength. For more information, please visit


Pro-Freedom, Pro-Equality Republicans Win Big in NH

40+ Wins for Pro-Freedom to Marry Republicans


Including Winners in Key Senate Races: Nancy Stiles and John Reagan


"Today, the freedom to marry in New Hampshire is more secure than it was yesterday." - NHRFE PAC Chair, Sean Owen

Manchester, NH - On this Election Day, the New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality PAC saw major victories statewide, with dozens of its supported candidates clearly winning their races in the early returns.


Chairman Sean Owen said, "We invested $300,000 this election cycle to help candidates who represent the future of the GOP. While Republicans have lost many seats in the House overall, NHRFE-supported Republican candidates out-performed their peers and won a majority of their races. We also had huge wins with the election of John Reagan to the State Senate and the re-election of State Senator Nancy Stiles. Today, the freedom to marry is more secure in New Hampshire than it was yesterday."


Executive Director Tyler Deaton highlighted the PAC's successes with voter contact: "We completed a tremendous direct mail program, with voters in priority districts receiving as many as six mail pieces this cycle. We've succeeded in uniting the Republican Party and building the party through appeal to new voters. Rank-and-file Republicans have supported individual freedom all along, and we've helped them find a stronger voice. While others have tried to divide the party, we ran a 100% positive campaign from beginning to end."


Deaton continued, "We were also the first New Hampshire PAC to take advantage of new fundraising standards set by recent Supreme Court decisions and the New Hampshire Attorney General."


As for the gubernatorial race, Chairman Sean Owen said he was not surprised by Ovide Lamontagne's loss: "We knew that nominating Ovide for governor would be disastrous. It hurt us that our Republican nominee wanted to campaign against freedom and equality."


Executive Director Tyler Deaton added, "It didn't have to be this way. Republicans can win in New Hampshire, both locally and statewide, so long as they have an authentic commitment to freedom across the board. It's something to keep in mind next time we're selecting our candidate for governor."


The PAC's political, communications and fundraising programs are led by Executive Director Tyler Deaton, a lobbyist who also serves as a senior strategist for the bipartisan pro-marriage equality organization Standing Up for New Hampshire Families. Deaton is also Secretary of the New Hampshire Young Republicans. Christine Baratta serves as PAC Communications Director. Committee Chairman Sean Owen is actively involved as a lead strategist and fundraiser.

Winning Supported Candidates Include:
State Senate
Rep. John Reagan Deerfield
Sen. Nancy Stiles Hampton
State House

Rep. Gene Chandler Bartlett
Karel Crawford Moultonborough
Rep. Harry Merrow Ossipee
Rep. Steve Schmidt Wolfeboro
Rep. Chris Ahlgren Wolfeboro
Rep. Susan Emerson Rindge
Rep. Jane Johnson Swanzey
Rep. Herb Richardson Lancaster
Rep. Rick Ladd Haverhill
Rep. Neal Kurk Weare
Rep. Cal Pratt Goffstown
Rep. Keith Murphy Bedford
Kelleigh Murphy Bedford
Rep. Steve Vaillancourt Manchester
Rep. Carolyn Gargasz Hollis
Rep. Don LeBrun Nashua
David Murotake Nashua
Rep. Bob Haefner Hudson
Rep. Russ Ober Hudson
Rep. Shawn Jasper Hudson
Charlene Takesian Pelham
Rep. Mark Warden Goffstown
Rep. George Lambert Litchfield
Rep. David Kidder New London
Rep. Priscilla Lockwood Canterbury
Rep. David Hess Hooksett
Rep. Kyle Tasker Nottingham
Rep. Kathy Hoelzel Raymond
Rep. Gene Charron Chester
Rep. Sherm Packard Londonderry
Kevin St. James Kingston
Rep. Norm Major Plaistow
Rep. Mary Allen Newton
Rep. Pat Abrami Stratham
Rep. Tim Copeland Stratham
Rep. John Sytek Salem
Rep. Ronald Belanger Salem
Rep. Michelle Peckham North Hampton
Many other races are too close to call or are unknown at this time.

Gov. Gary Johnson Applauds New York Marriage Rights Ruling


Oct. 18, 2012, Laramie, WY — Calling it "another major step toward ending marriage discrimination," presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson today applauded a Federal Appeals Court ruling in New York that the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
In a statement, Johnson said, "Unlike Gov. Romney and President Obama, I firmly believe marriage equality for gay couples is a constitutionally protected right under the Equal Protection Clause. Today's ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals confirms that belief and is a major step toward eliminating the discrimination that is enshrined in the Defense of Marriage Act.
"While, as a former Governor, I am a staunch defender of states' rights, when it comes to marriage equality, it is not good enough to hide behind the idea of deferring to state law, as President Obama has done. Gay Americans will either be treated equally under the Constitution, or they will not. That is not a matter to be left to the states. With today's ruling, I am more confident than ever that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately resolve the issue of gay marriage on the side of equality."


For more information about Gary Johnson, go to

About presidential candidate Gary Johnson: Gary Johnson, two-term governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, has been a consistent advocate for limited, efficient government and personal liberty. Johnson switched from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party on Dec. 28, 2011. As the Libertarian Party nominee, Johnson will appear on all 50 states' ballots. An outspoken pro-Constitution Libertarian, Johnson would end the war in Afghanistan now. He opposes the failed multi-billion dollar war on drugs and demands greater transparency at the Federal Reserve. As president, Johnson would cut federal spending by 43 percent, slash debt and make government live within its means while reducing taxes and regulation to foster real job creation and economic opportunity like he did in eight years as governor. The National Review said he was "#1" in job creation as governor. An avid skier and bicyclist, he has reached the highest peaks on four of the seven continents, including Mount Everest. 


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