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.
“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.