Majority of NH Voters Support Marriage Equality

April 28, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2009
Contact: Mo Baxley: 6036823782

New Poll Shows Majority of New Hampshire Voters Continue to Support Marriage Equality for Lesbian and Gay Couples

Concord NH. A poll released today by New Hampshire Freedom to Marry shows that 55% of
New Hampshire Voters support marriage for lesbian and gay couples, while 39% are opposed.
The poll, conducted by UNH Survey Center, surveyed 491 New Hampshire voters from April 13
through the 22.

New Hampshire has a live and let live attitude. These strong numbers in support of marriage
equality are not surprising. A majority of New Hampshire voters have supported marriage
equality since polling on the subject began in 2003. We hope that New Hampshire can soon join
our neighbors in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and enact marriage equality,” said
Mo Baxley, Executive Director of New Hampshire Freedom To Marry.

The poll also found that 63% of Independent and 34% of Republican voters in New Hampshire
support marriage for lesbian and gay couples.

The poll also found that when asked only 32% would be “bothered” if gay and lesbians could get
a marriage license.

House Bill 436, which would recognize marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples under New
Hampshire law, passed the House of Representatives last month and is pending in the state
Senate. Last week, a Senate committee voted 23
against the bill. A vote by the full Senate is
expected on Wednesday.
The New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition was founded in January 2001 and is New Hampshire’s Statewide LGBT education and advocacy ganization.
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  • URSUS

    I would say that NH IS ready for equal marriage rights.  Those who will not be swayed by logical arguments need to be left in the past.

  • Mike Caulfield

    “The poll also found that when asked only 32% would be “bothered” if gay and lesbians could get a marriage license.”

    My math says assuming those people probably didn’t vote for Lynch this whole argument is whether Mr. 70% goes down to Mr. 68%.

    Horrors. Not 68%! Whatever would we do?

  • Rep. Jim Splaine

    The logic supports it, and the polls support it —  Equality.  2009.  Tomorrow.  We can do this.  Nice job, Mo.  

  • palerobber

    …from a 2004 public radio story:

    Veteran Democratic senator Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester says there’s more to this debate than sexual mores. For D’Allesandro, laws about sexual preference strike at the heart of the state’s long-standing emphasis on individual privacy and personal independence.
    We say we’re good thinkers, we take our time, we make decisions, we make decisions based on the facts, and it’s that individual freedom which we guard so dearly. It just seems to me all of this is contrary to that.

    D’Allesandro won’t predict whether this latest prohibition on same-sex marriage will succeed. He says it’s more difficult to discuss an issue when state lawmakers feel there are national implications to the debate.

    as the story alludes to, the “all of this” D’Allesandro was talking about was a 2004 effort to codify marriage inequality in NH.

    democratic politicians who oppose gay marriage (as lou is apparently leaning) while also opposing additional barriers to gay marriage are nothing new. it’s clearly a political sweet spot – or has been in the recent past. but now is the time to ask more from our elected dems.

    D’Allesandro was reelected last year with 66% of the vote. now is not the time for political calculation and caution. now is the time, lou, to follow your previously stated principles to their logical conclusion.

    • insidethebox

      Can’t find a link on their website, but NHPR just ran a Josh Rogers story where he interviewed Senator Larsen and Senator D’Allesandro about marriage equality.  

      Senator Larsen, as we know, still is undecided.  

      Interestingly, Senator D’Allesandro, when asked, said he was still undecided as to how to vote on this issue and was still thinking it through.  

      So keep calling and emailing!!

    • palerobber

      it wasn’t to codify marriage inequality (which i take it was already on the books), it was instead primarily to prevent any type of out-of-state domestic partnership or its legal benefits from being recognized by NH.  

  • palerobber

    …speaking on the anti out-of-state partnerships law (SB 427).

    Why should we scapegoat a segment of our society and deny them the basic civil rights. I urge my senate colleague to vote against this unnecessary legislation. We represent people, all of us have been elected to represent people, people that have loved, honored, and cherished their partners for a lot longer than my 29 years (of marriage). The only difference between them and us is that they’re born with different preferences. And that is the only difference.

    pretty strong stuff.

    that was how Sen. Larsen closed a statement in which she:
    - said bill was unneeded since anti-marriage laws already exist for “those who seek to limit relationships between people.”
    - said bill would relegate gays to “second class citizenship
    - said bill might be politically motivated to hurt “those of us who stand for civil rights
    - mentioned that she has a gay cousin.

    audio of her full statement can be heard here from roughly 03:09:31 to 03:15:52.

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