DADT Organizing & Counter-Protesting NOM in New Hampshire
July 16, 2010,
Despite the fact that New Hampshire has already decided to stand on the side of equality for all of its families, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) decided to make a stop here in Manchester on their “Summer for Marriage Tour”. Last year, NOM, working under “Let New Hampshire Vote”, worked to put marriage on the ballot, and the resounding message from over 80 towns (compared to 61) was that it is simply wrong to put an individual’s rights to a ballot vote, thus keeping marriage protected.
Apparently, that message wasn’t quite clear enough, so a group of community members and activists came together under the lead of New Hampshire State Representative David Pierce (Grafton 9) to tell NOM again that the Granite State values all of its families.
I was proud to stand tall with the approximately 40 peaceful counter-protesters who stood stoically and silently with signs reading “Live Free or Die- NH Supports Equality for All” and “NH is a Hate Free Zone”.
After the rally, most of the counter crowd took the time to talk with me about HRC’s work in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and signed petitions asking Senator Judd Gregg to support the repeal of DADT this year. Despite the reason for the gathering, I found myself amongst friends who are passionate about protecting the rights of all citizens in New Hampshire.
Today’s event reminded me that despite the fact that New Hampshire has stood on the side of equality in the past, there is still much work to do here to ensure that the lgbt community is represented. If you are able to volunteer two hours of your time or more to help us get the message to Senators Gregg and Shaheen about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” please email me at Christine.Sloane@hrc.org.