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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2010
8:02 PM

CONTACT: Freedom to Marry

Sean Eldridge, Director of Communications, Freedom to Marry
(567) 277-0486
sean@freedomtomarry.org

New Hampshire House Overwhelmingly Rejects Attempt to Repeal Marriage Rights

“New Hampshire Joins Iowa in Reinforcing the Freedom to Marry"

NEW YORK - February 17 - Statement by Evan Wolfson, Executive Director of Freedom to Marry following the New Hampshire House of Representatives votes rejecting HR1590-FN, a bill that would repeal the freedom to marry, and CACR 28, a resolution seeking to amend the state constitution to restrict marriage:

"In resounding votes today, New Hampshire lawmakers sent a clear signal of their continued support for the freedom to marry, rejecting attempts to strip marriage away from committed couples who happen to be gay. The New Hampshire votes followed a similar stand by legislators in Iowa last week. Iowa and New Hampshire's refusal to take the freedom to marry away underscored the lesson learned in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut: including same-sex committed couples in marriage helps families and harms no one. As same-sex couples continue to marry and the sky doesn't fall in the nation's two first presidential-primary states, Americans will have more chances to think anew about the importance of treating others as we all would want to be treated, and to ask our elected officials whether they, too, support equal justice under the law."

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Freedom to Marry is the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Headed by Evan Wolfson, one of America's leading civil rights advocates and lawyers, Freedom to Marry brings new resources and a renewed context of urgency and opportunity to this social justice movement.



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