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Anti-Gay NH Legislator Spreads Lies, Announces Repeal Vote for Next Week

NH FlagThe following post comes from HRC Regional Field Organizer Trevor Chandler:

The lead sponsor of legislation aimed at repealing marriage equality in New Hampshire, Rep. David Bates, announced yesterday his bill will come to a vote next Wednesday.  He also said he'd amend the bill to add a non-binding referendum on the state's November ballot.  

Bates already had a referendum in 2010 under the "Let New Hampshire Vote" plan, which called on cities and towns to put it on their town meeting warrant.  More than 80 towns refused to even consider it, and 69 percent of those who did rejected it out of hand. 

Bates also is working to spread damaging misinformation about gays and lesbians.  According to press reports: “Bates added he plans to educate the public, possibly during his floor debate on the amendment and bill, on statistics he said he has from the Centers for Disease Control regarding the occurrence of sexually transmitted diseases in homosexual couples.  'How could the state adopt a public policy that is dangerous to people's health?' he said.”

Working with Standing Up for NH Families, HRC has played an critical role in ensuring all 400 of the State Representatives hear from their constituents.  After all, 62 percent of Granite Staters oppose repeal.  

In this final push to the vote, we are more active than ever, manning phone banks across the state and reaching out to key legislative districts to make more direct contact with individual lawmakers. 

But we need more help.  If you or your family or friends live in NH, join us and take action now to stop this hateful bill.

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