Standing Up for New Hampshire Families launched a television ad this week to try and persuade lawmakers to oppose House Bill 437 which would repeal New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law. The ad stars several Republicans, hoping to show that marriage equality is a bipartisan issue.
The ad, called “It’s Not Who We Are,” centers on persuading lawmakers to drop the repeal when they reconvene in January, saying: “This is New Hampshire. We believe ‘freedom’ means freedom for everyone, every single person. Politicians should let our neighbors live their lives and leave them alone.”
Among those featured in the ad are Craig Stowell and his wife Berta. Craig, a former Marine who served in Iraq, is a life-long Claremont resident and conservative Republican who co-chairs Standing Up for NH Families.
“We know the people of New Hampshire support individual rights,” said Stowell. “And polls show voters strongly oppose repealing the current marriage law, across every demographic and geographic measure. This effort to repeal or undermine the freedom to marry does not represent our core New Hampshire values. We hope our ad reminds lawmakers that they need to listen to the people.”
Watch the ad below:
Entrepreneur Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, recently joined Standing Up for New Hampshire Families to fight against the repeal.
Republican legislators in New Hampshire, who control both legislative chambers with sizable majorities, are pushing to reverse the state’s two-year-old marriage equality law because they say gay marriage has harmed their religious beliefs and society as a whole.
A vote by the New Hampshire House is expected in January but Democratic Gov. Lynch has said he will oppose any attempt at changing the law.
A statewide poll by New Hampshire Freedom to Marry conducted in February of this year found that 63 percent of voters oppose attempts to overturn the same-sex marriage law, while 92 percent of all voters agree that the state’s political leadership should focus on economic issues over social issues.
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