Story to Watch: NH Panel Votes on Repeal of Marriage Equality

On Tuesday, October 25, a New Hampshire House panel will vote on whether to recommend legislation that would repeal the state's 2009 law that legalized marriage equality.

Specifically, the House Judiciary Committee will consider a subcommittee's recommendation that the House repeal the law which took effect on January 1, 2010. Though the New Hampshire legislature is controlled by Republicans, Gov. John Lynch (D) has said repeatedly that he would veto any repeal legislation that reaches his desk. However, what is less certain is whether repeal legislation has enough support to obtain a veto-proof majority in both the House and the Senate.

Efforts to repeal marriage equality run contrary to the will of the people of New Hampshire.  Earlier this month, a WMUR-Granite State Poll found that 62% of New Hampshire adults oppose the repeal of marriage equality.  Furthermore, the poll also revealed that 85% of New Hampshire adults feel the two-year-old law has had a minor (38%) or no (47%) impact on the state.  Only 8% of respondents believe the law has had a major impact.  These numbers are nearly identical to those reported in February when New Hampshire adults were previously asked these same questions.

GLAAD is asking our constituents to help us keep an eye on coverage around tomorrow's committee vote, as well as continuing coverage related to the status of marriage equality in New Hampshire.  In particular, any coverage of marriage equality in New Hampshire needs to underscore the broad support among the people of New Hampshire, as well as the support of Gov. Lynch.  As a result of marriage equality, thousands of loving and committed gay and lesbian couples are now able to take care of and be responsible for each other.  These couples are happy and the people of New Hampshire are overwhelmingly happy for them.  If you see media coverage that does not underscore these realities, then it's not fair, accurate and inclusive.  We hope you'll alert us if that's the case.

For more information on marriage equality in New Hampshire, please take a look at some of the work being done by the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition and Standing Up for New Hampshire Families.