Granite State Continues to Solidly Oppose Repeal
February 21, 2012 by HRC staff
The following post comes from Trevor Chandler, HRC Regional Field Organizer:
We've seen a surge in activity in the "Live Free or Die" state on both sides in the fight to protect marriage equality. Our opponents even held a rally at the State House to draw attention to their cause. Not only were their numbers unimpressive, but Standing Up for New Hampshire Families made sure that strong religious voices on the side of fairness and equality were on hand.
Members of our religious coalition were led by the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson, Bishop of NH's Episcopal Church, and included clergy from Baptist, Methodist, and Congregational parishes. These faith leaders reiterated our message of respect for all families and reminded the media that 62 percent of all Granite Staters stand against repeal.
Later that same day I was honored to sit on a panel with Bishop Robinson after a production of "8" at the University of NH, a play by Dustin Lance Black based on the transcripts of the Prop 8 trial. Joining Steven Kidder of GLSEN and Gavin Creel of Broadway Impact, we discussed the history of marriage equality in New Hampshire, the status of the repeal bill, and what people can do about it. There was such a strong reaction by students that we scheduled a phone bank the next week!
The volunteer evening was a huge home run, with more than 20 volunteers helping out over the course of the night, enabling us to make over 1,000 calls, leading to 200-plus contacts to state representatives. Everyone who came felt so empowered to make a difference, they signed up to do it again next week.
It speaks volumes that we were able to generate more contacts with legislators in a single night than our opposition can get to show up at gathering they worked weeks to promote. Every week brings another example of the passion Granite Staters have in defending marriage equality. I look forward to what next week brings.