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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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NH: Republicans Win Veto-Proof Majorities in Both Houses, Could Repeal Gay Marriage

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

New Hampshire Gay MarriageAmong the more dismal losses in Tuesday’s results was the one in New Hampshire, where Republicans won a veto-proof majority in both the state House and Senate. That means that, while Democratic Governor John Lynch retained his seat – and the position to veto any of the legislature’s pending bills to repeal the state’s marriage equality law – there are enough votes now in both chambers to overturn that veto.

It gets worse. Republicans took over the majorities in both chambers of the state legislatures in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Alabama – states which had both houses dominated by Democrats going into Tuesday’s votes.

In Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, where only one chamber had a Republican majority, now both are dominated by Republicans. The Maine Senate, too, has switched from a Democratic to Republican majority, with Republicans holding a hefty 21 to 13 margin that would not likely approve a new marriage equality law. The Democratic-led Maine Senate passed such a bill in 2009 by a 20 to 15 margin but the law was overturned by voter referendum later that year.

Full Story from Keen News Service

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NH: Governor Who Signed Gay Marriage Bill Wins 4th Term

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Democratic New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch won a historic fourth consecutive term Tuesday, defeating conservative Republican challenger John Stephen. Lynch, 58, won most of the state, including Stephen’s home ward.

“Our state faces challenges over the next two years,” Lynch said in his victory speech. “But with good New Hampshire common sense, hard work and cooperation, we will conquer those challenges.”

Stephen, 48, who lost in his third bid for elective office, promised to cut spending without raising taxes. Despite the easy win for Lynch, Democrats lost control of the state legislature, known as the General Court of New Hampshire, in Tuesday’s vote.

Full Story from UPI

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NH: Union Leader Shows Its True Colors on Gay Rights

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

New Hampshire Gay MarriageFor those with the romantic notion that all print media necessarily strives to be impartial, New Hampshire’s Union Leader may leave you a little jaded. The paper -the state’s largest – refused this week to publish the marriage announcement of Manchester, New Hampshire native Greg Gould and his fiance Aurelio Tine, a gay couple living in New York. The couple plans to wed today in Portsmouth. Marriage equality became the law of New Hampshire on January 1, 2010.

The Union Leader said in a statement:

This newspaper has never published wedding or engagement announcements from homosexual couples. It would be hypocritical of us to do so, given our belief that marriage is and needs to remain a social and civil structure between men and women, and our opposition to the recent state law legalizing gay marriage.

That law was not subject to public referendum and the governor (John Lynch) who signed it was elected after telling voters that he was opposed to gay marriage. Indeed, in no state where the public has been allowed a direct vote on the subject has gay marriage prevailed.

Full Story from Pam’s House Blend

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NH: Paper Denies Gay Couple’s Wedding Announcement

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Gay Couple Denied Wedding AnnouncementDan Savage points us to this unfortunate story from New Hampshire.

Greg and Aurelio, who are marrying this weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire, where same-sex marriage became legal on January 1, are being denied a wedding announcement by the Union-Leader, New Hampshire’s second-largest paper.

Kate Parker writes:

“The wedding is this Saturday and I received a phone call from Greg yesterday letting me know that he tried to get their wedding announced in the Union Leader, since Greg was from the Manchester, NH area. He was told that they don’t allow gay weddings to be announced and he asked to talk to the editor. The editor simply told him it has been the “policy of the newspaper” and that as the editor, he has the write (sic) to print whatever he’d like. This immediately outraged me, as Greg and Aurelio are legally allowed to marry in NH, NH has anti-discrimination laws in place that include sexual orientation, but because of the 1st Amendment, they were out of luck.”

Full Story from Towleroad

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NH: NOM Spends Big to Attack Governor Lynch Over Gay Marriage Bill Signature

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

The National Organization for Marriage threw itself even further into New Hampshire’s gubernatorial race today by releasing an ad attacking Governor John Lynch for signing gay marriage into law.

The commercial and radio campaign, called “He’s Changed” and put out with the “family friendly” group Cornerstone Action, takes aim at Lynch for switching gears on a range of issues, such as prisoner parole terms and taxes, and, yes, gay marriage, which Lynch said he opposed in a debate four years ago.

NOM leader Brian Brown released a statement in conjunction with the ad’s release, and said, “When John Lynch lied and betrayed the voters of New Hampshire by signing the same-sex marriage bill NOM vowed to hold him accountable. Unlike John Lynch, we keep our promises.”

Full Story from Towleroad

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NH: GOP May Try to Repeal Gay Marriage Law in 2011

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Portsmouth-Newington state Rep. Jim Splaine said an effort in the Legislature next session to repeal the state’s gay marriage bill is afoot, with three bills already filed.

Splaine was speaking to students in a family programs and policy class at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday night. Professor Malcolm Smith invited Splaine, a Democrat and sponsor of the gay marriage bill signed in June 2009.

Splaine said in primary voting last week, seven Republicans who had been supportive of gay marriage faced competition from more conservative Republicans, and two of the seven were defeated.

Full Story from Seacoast Online

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NH: NOM Stop Draws Literally Tens of People

Friday, July 16th, 2010

NOM Crowd in Manchester, NH

Actually that looks like less than 20, so maybe “tens” isn’t really accurate. Two days into the Hate Tour and pro-gay counter-protesters have outnumbered the Nombies by 5-1 or more. Congrats, NOM! Them there’s WESTBORO numbers y’all are pulling down.

Full Story from Joe.My.God

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NH: Governor Lynch Now Embraces Gay Rights

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Until the day he signed New Hampshire’s gay marriage law last year, Gov. John H. Lynch expressed great ambivalence about the issue. Though he had said he personally opposed letting same-sex couples marry, Lynch eventually supported the measure as a civil rights matter.

One year later, Lynch was welcomed as a guest speaker at a national conference of wealthy gay donors focused on furthering the cause of equality for gay and lesbian people.

Lynch’s appearance at this year’s meeting of the Political Outgiving network underscores his own evolution on the issue of gay marriage, from opponent to exemplar. It also illustrates the potential boost in campaign contributions Lynch may see from out-of-state donors impressed with his support for same-sex marriage.

Full Story from the Sentinel Source

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NH: GOP Candidate Asks “What Next – Men and Sheep?”

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Republican congressional candidate Bob Giuda, of Warren, raised some eyebrows in Nashua on Monday when he spoke to a group of students at Rivier College and compared same-sex marriage to bestiality, according to reports at WMUR.com.

Giuda had finished speaking at Rivier when a small group asked him about his position on gay rights, WMUR said, and he responded in opposition to same-sex marriage because he believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

According to WMUR, Giuda reportedly said, “What’s going to happen next? Men and sheep? Women and dogs?”

Full Story from the Nashua Telegraph

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