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Granite Staters, be sure to attend your Town Meeting so you can vote for equality! Most are happening on Tuesday, March 9th. If only the anti-equality activists show up to vote, it’ll send the erroneous message that New Hampshire opposes marriage equality. Here is what’s at stake:
As of the beginning of this month, 734 of our fellow New Hampshire gay and lesbian friends, neighbors, and family members have been able to be married since the beginning of this year. That has been possible because of passage by our State Legislature of House Bill 436, which provides for marriage equality.
They have been allowed to make legal commitments to share their love and caring for one another as couples. What a wonderful gift to them all. Their commitments as couples to their loved ones makes our state, and the institution of marriage and all that it represents, even stronger.
On Town Meeting Day this Tuesday, a number of communities have warrant questions on their ballots about marriage equality. The wording of the question in most towns considering this matter sounds “innocent” enough: “The citizens of New Hampshire should be allowed to vote on an amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution that defines ‘marriage.’”
We should not vote to write discrimination into our Constitution. It is a document that provides for governmental structure and for guarantees of our citizen rights, not for discrimination. I urge the good people of our towns to vote “no” on the question. I hope readers of BlueHampshire.com will go to their town meetings and speak out in opposition.
This whole warrant article business is a ploy by a small group of republicans hoping to increase their name recognition by trying to make marriage equality a wedge issue in November. The warrants are advisory only and don’t have any legal effect, but if they pass they will bolster the efforts of marriage equality opponents in the legislature by creating the illusion that marriage inequality is a priority for most Granite Staters.
According to the Union Leader, 133 of the New Hampshire’s 221 towns will vote on this warrant on Tuesday. During earlier deliberative sessions, 15 towns demonstrated their commitment to marriage equality by amending their proposed anti-equality warrants, rendering them meaningless. This is an excellent sign of the pro-equality mood in the state, but again, if people don’t show up to their Town Meeting and stick around long enough to vote “no” on the warrant, a different message will be sent.