We put out the press release below last night but have since learned from insiders at the statehouse that yesterday’s turnout was the largest anyone can remember. Thanks to the 700+ supporters, including our straight friends, for showing up. The impact was felt.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2011
Kevin Nix | email@example.com | (603) 717-6572
Sergeant-at-Arms Says 800 attended, 700 were marriage equality supporters
Concord – The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony today from the citizens of New Hampshire about taking away the freedom for gay and lesbian couples to marry. The committee will be deliberating on the bill in the coming weeks as it decides whether to recommend its passage to the full house. A statement from Mo Baxley, executive director of New Hampshire Freedom to Marry, follows.
“We believe the Committee had all the evidence it needs to recommend that the Legislature defeat these bills. We urge committee members to make that recommendation and end this debate.
“Those opposed to repeal turned out in record numbers to fill both Representatives Hall and the gallery with standing-room only. The Sergeant-at-Arms estimated the crowd size at 800. About 750 of those opposed repeal.
“Legislators heard loud and clear today that the people of New Hampshire support marriage equality. It’s clear from the testimony and two recent statewide polls that that voters want the Legislature to leave the law alone and focus on bread and butter issues.
“As people live with the law and these marriages, they realize that it has no impact on their lives. They understand that gay and lesbian couples share the same values of other couples, like love, commitment and family.
“We will continue working hard to make sure the majority of citizens’ voices are heard in Concord. We encourage people to contact their legislators and let them know how they feel about this law.”
New Hampshire Freedom to Marry launched Standing Up for New Hampshire Families yesterday. It is a bipartisan group of citizens, business owners, people of faith, and civic leaders who oppose repealing the popular 2009 law allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Lew Feldstein, former president and chief executive officer of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, serves as co-chair.