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Segway Inventor Joins Fight Against NH Gay Marriage Repeal

Segway Inventor Joins Fight Against NH Gay Marriage Repeal


Entrepreneur Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, has joined a coalition of groups who are battling to preserve New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law.

From Standing up For New Hampshire Families:

“We’re grateful to have Dean join the growing ranks of leaders and regular people who are publicly standing up for all New Hampshire families,” said Lew Feldstein, Co-chair at Standing Up for New Hampshire Families. “The freedom to marry is not a partisan issue, but a bedrock of family and community life.  We will continue to reach out across the state and make sure that legislators understand that Granite Staters don’t want to repeal this popular law.”

“We applaud Dean Kamen for stepping forward to join with New Hampshire citizens seeking to defend marriage equality,” said James Wright, former President of Dartmouth College and SUNHF Leadership Council member … We look forward to working with Dean and with others to ensure that no one takes away the freedom of our citizens, all of our citizens, to marry.”

Under the bill, which would allow or civil unions for opposite-sex and same-sex couples, same-sex marriages carried out since New Hampshire’s same-sex marriage law came into force in January 2010 would still be recognized but new same-sex marriages would not be permitted, creating a tiered landscape of rights similar to what has happened California following Proposition 8.

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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5:50PM PST on Dec 17, 2011

Just when I didn't think I could admire Mr. Kamen more. This makes my day!

12:47AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Thank you for sharing!

10:45PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

i will never understand a person who feels so drawn to cause such harm upon others as those who profess to live a moral life while fighting to take away the rights of another.

10:06AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

YAY! So wonderful for folks to stand-up for what they believe .. !!!

10:01AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

This is the typical argument of the religious wrong:
"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."

They never say HOW their religious beliefs have been harmed or HOW it has harmed society as a whole. Where's the proof?
Every study that has been done has shown that those arguments are just a lie told too many times.

The definition of marriage has changed a lot of times in the past 240 years in this country. It was changed to allow Blacks to marry, to recognize native American marriages, when women were no longer legally treated as property and again to allow inter-racial marriage.

And the religious wrong used the same arguments against those efforts as well. ALL of those changes made society stronger, not weaker.
This is no different except that the religious wrong is losing it's grip over the minds of the people and it's death-grip on society as a whole.
And that is how it should be here in the US. A nation free from wrong wing Christian rule; free from any religious rule.

9:48AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Good job and thank you for joining the fight for true equality.

9:41AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Well done, Dean Kamen!

9:22AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

BRAVO!, Dean Kamen

8:43AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Way to go Kamen !
Hope more people get on board

8:19AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Way to go Mr. Kaman. Thank you.

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