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USA, New Hampshire: New Constitutional Amendment Threatened – For the Gays

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

In what’s likely a first, New Hampshire is considering a constitutional amendment that would actually protect gays from discrimination.

New Hampshire, USA: Third GOP House Member Supports Defense of Marriage Act RepealLGBTQ Nation reports:

A House panel is holding a hearing on a proposed amendment to New Hampshire’s constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. The measure passed the Senate unanimously and if three-fifths of the House agrees, it would go before voters in November. The constitution currently prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex and national origin. The amendment would add sexual orientation. The state already prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in statute, but supporters want to enshrine the protection in the constitution.

Wow – in the space of ten years we’ve gone from amendments to strip us of constitutional protections in more than 30 states to a state proposing to enshrine protections for the LGBT community in one of these sacred documents. I feel like I’m living through history sometimes.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: DJ Chris Holman, Keene, New Hampshire

Monday, January 6th, 2014

DJ Chris Holman - Keene, New HampshirePeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

DJ Chris Holman (CJ the DJ) is an openly gay DJ who has been entertaining gay unions across New England for more than a dozen years (see him in After Stonewall [PBS]). CJ the DJ has multiple sound systems, charges reasonable rates and possesses an extensive music library, including karaoke. Check out www.CJtheDJ.com for upcoming events & contact him for your next family gathering or business function.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Alyson’s Orchard, Walpole, New Hampshire

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Alyson's Orchard ,Walpole, New HampshirePeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Walpole, NH, USA. Alyson’s offers three unique lodging experiences set in the middle of our acclaimed orchards, four distinct and beautiful wedding sites to exchange vows. We have one of the finest meeting and gathering facility in the region and can host up to 250 people.

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New Hampshire, USA: Rep. Charles Bass is Third Republican to Support DOMA Repeal

Friday, January 11th, 2013

New Hampshire Rep. Charles Bass is Third Republican to Support Defense of Marriage Act RepealAnother Republican joins the ranks of those supporting a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire has just become the second House Republican within the last week to co-sponsor the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that will be reintroduced in the House next year, according to the Advocate.

He joins Rep. Richard Hanna of New York, who pledged support for the bill last week, and Florida Congressman Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

“With Congressman Charlie Bass’ announcement that he will be the 160th cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act in the 112th Congress, we add another Republican supporter for repealing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act,” Jo Deutsch, federal director for Freedom to Marry told the Advocate.

Authored By Sergio N. Candido – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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New Hampshire, USA: Soldier Fighting DOMA to Be Involved in Inaugural Ceremony

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Soldier Fighting DOMA to Be Involved in New Hampshire Inaugural CeremonyLast week (27 Dec.) New Hampshire Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan announced the details of her upcoming inaugural ceremony. Charlie Morgan, a chief warrant officer in the state’s National Guard, will open the ceremony by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Morgan, and her wife, are two of the plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act.

‘Charlie Morgan is a national treasure and a treasure to her home state of New Hampshire,’ OutServe-SLDN executive director Allyson Robinson said in a statement. ‘We could not be happier that Governor-elect Hassan has chosen to honor her work and her fight for equality in this way.’

OutServe-SLDN is a non-profit advocacy organization that works with LGBT military members, veterans and their families.

Authored By James Withers- See the Full Story at Gay Star New

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New Hampshire, USA: Third GOP House Member Supports DOMA Repeal

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

New Hampshire, USA: Third GOP House Member Supports Defense of Marriage Act RepealRep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire has become the third Republican House member and the second within the past week to support legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and allow the federal government to recognize the legal marriages of same-sex couples.

Bass, who was defeated for re-election this year, did not release a statement about his decision to co-sponsor the measure known as the Respect for Marriage Act. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, the original co-sponsor of the legislation, announced the development in a statement to The Advocate.

“I’m thrilled that Rep. Charlie Bass will be our newest GOP co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act to repeal DOMA,” he said. “Rep. Bass is the second Republican in the past week to endorse equal protection for all Americans. Though he won’t be continuing his service in the next Congress, his commitment to equality and ending discrimination is truly appreciated.”

Authored By Julie Bolcer – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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New Hampshire, USA: Democrats Take the House, Dashing Marriage Equality Repeal Hopes

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Democrats Take the New Hampshire House, Dashing Marriage Equality Repeal HopesThe hopes of activists advocating for repeal of New Hampshire’s gay marriage law were dashed on Election Night as Democrats regained control of the House.

As early as July, outgoing House Speaker Bill O’Brien said he would make another attempt to repeal the law if he returned as speaker.

“If our families are weak, then we’ll never be able to have final fiscal responsibility, because if government needs to step up for weakened families then there’s going to be an unlimited call on government resources. One of the things that makes our families strong is a traditional definition of marriage and I firmly believe that,” O’Brien said during an appearance on New Hampshire Public Radio’s the Exchange.

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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New Hampshire, USA: Democrat Wins Gubernatorial Race, Marriage Equality Law Safe?

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

New Hampshire, USA: Democrat Wins Gubernatorial Race, Marriage Equality Law Safe?The victory of the Democratic candidate for governor in New Hampshire on Tuesday evening brings relief to LGBT advocates who feared a Republican victory would imperil marriage equality in the state.

Maggie Hassan, the former Senate majority leader in New Hampshire, won in the gubernatorial race against attorney Ovide Lamontagne. The Associated Press declared Hassan the winner about one hour after all the polls closed in the state at 8 pm.

A win for Lamontagne would have meant Republicans would likely have only needed a bare majority to repeal the marriage law as opposed to the supermajority they would need to overcome Hassan’s veto.

Authored By Chris Johnson – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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New Hampshire, USA: GOP Gubernatorial Victory Could Mean End of Marriage Equality

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

GOP Gubernatorial Victory Could Mean End of Marriage Equality in New HampshireThe outcome of the gubernatorial race in New Hampshire could be crucial in determining the fate of marriage equality in the state, which was the first to have a governor sign it without it being taken away through referendum.

A victory for the GOP candidate, attorney Ovide Lamontagne, would likely mean Republicans in the state legislature would only need a majority vote to repeal marriage rights for gay couples. Previously, they needed a supermajority to override the veto of Democrat Gov. John Lynch as they would if the Democrat seeking to replace him, former State Senate Majority Leader Maggie Hassan, wins the governor’s race.

Ray Buckley, who’s gay and chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said the gubernatorial contest is the prime focus in New Hampshire for Democrats because they’re unlikely to regain a majority in the legislature after Republicans won a supermajority following the 2010 election.

Authored By Chris Johnson – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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New Hampshire, USA: Conservatives Plan to Try to Repeal Marriage Equality… Again

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Conservatives Plan to Try to Repeal Marriage Equality in New Hampshire... AgainA Christian conservative New Hampshire group on Monday said it would make another attempt to repeal gay marriage in the upcoming legislative session.

Cornerstone Policy Research’s legislative agenda is based on its Families First Pledge for candidates.

Under the pledge’s section concerning marriage, the group states it will work to “pass a law that repeals gay ‘marriage’ and either restores civil unions for homosexuals or restores the pre-civil union law in New Hampshire.”

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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