Once again the Free State/Tea Party legislature in Concord is focused on a narrow ideological agenda rather than jobs and the economy. Today they will actually harm our economy by attempting to repeal marriage equality. Rather than wasting taxpayer dollars revoking the rights of our citizens, they should focus on issues vital to our state such as job creation and improving our education system.
One of the first questions I was asked in my first public debate for the State Senate seat of District 6 was my position on marriage equality. I didn’t put my finger in the political winds at that time and I will not do so if elected your next Governor of New Hampshire. There will be no compromise over protecting the rights of New Hampshire’s citizens to marry the person they love. The civil rights of our citizens are too fundamental to our New Hampshire traditions to put up for a popular vote.
In 2009 we had the courage to stand up, do the right thing and recognize the equal rights of all Granite Staters. Today, the O’Brien Legislature is once again trying to turn back the clock on that equality. New Hampshire’s citizens have said loudly and clearly they oppose any repeal. Let’s hope that there are a sufficient number of brave souls in our legislature who refuse to be bullied into submission by relinquishing our citizens’ rights.
Finally, a word of thanks to all of you who worked so hard to make our state a leader in marriage equality in the first place. Three years ago, you made history and reaffirmed New Hampshire’s motto of “Live Free or Die.” Thousands of Granite State couples have wed since then, gaining hard-won legal rights and protections. As a state senator, I was proud to be a part of that history, and as your governor, I will remain vigilant in protecting marriage equality.
UPDATE from @JackieForNH:
For the first time, many in the #NHHouse heard the voices of the people, and denied Bill O’Brien the votes to repeal our right to marry.-JC