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As more and more definitive winners are announced from Tuesday’s election, we continue to get more and more good news worthy of celebration in the LGBT community. While New Hampshire was wavering blue and red for most of the night (spoiler: it went to Barack Obama), the state also voted to elect Stacie Laughton, the Granite State’s first transgender lawmaker. Laughton, who beat out two Republicans, will serve in the state’s House of Representatives in Ward 4. She isn’t the first from the LGBT community to be elected, Rep. Ray Buckley was the first openly gay legislator all the way back in 1986. But, Laughton hopes that he election will inspire others in the transgender community to follow their dreams: “My hope is that now maybe we’ll see more people in the community running, maybe for alderman,” she said. “We are people, too, who still have talents and ideas. And I hope that people won’t be afraid to get into politics, or any other position, for that matter. I want the community to feel inspired.” [HuffPo]
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The Republican-led House of Representatives in New Hampshire, in a move that went against what many political analysts predicted, rejected a bill to repeal the state’s popular same-sex marriage law by a vote of 211-116. Same-sex marriage in the New England state has been legal for over two years, and it seemed definite that the Republican-controlled House had the numbers to overturn the state’s law. But with support from residents in New Hampshire and messages from people all over the country, Republicans didn’t have the support that they had hoped for to overturn the law.
“Today’s big victory is a testament to the bipartisan groundswell throughout the state to keep the popular marriage law on the books,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “This victory was made possible by Republicans and conservatives standing up for freedom and family. Clearly, Granite Staters believe this is a settled issue, and it’s time to move on.” “We thank Governor Lynch and supportive Republican and Democratic legislators for their tireless work on bringing marriage equality to the state and their continued leadership in the weeks ahead,” said Solmonese. “And we could not be more proud of Claremont’s Craig Stowell, a conservative Republican and former Marine, who has been fighting to defend his gay brother’s freedom to get married.”
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As New Hampshire’s state legislature gets set to vote on the repeal of the state’s same-sex marriage law tomorrow, people from across the United States, more than 120,000 of them, have come together to show their support for gay and lesbian marriage in the state. The petition was spearheaded by a conservative Iraq veteran from Claremont named Craig Stowell, and it urges the New Hampshire State Legislature to defend the freedom to marry for all couples. Stowell, a former Marine and co-chair of Standing Up For New Hampshire Families, launched the campaign for his openly gay brother.
“I started this campaign for one simple reason, so that my brother and best friend, Calvin, can have the freedom to marry the person he loves,” said Stowell. “We only have days left to ensure that this mean-spirited attack does not deny thousands of Granite State residents the ability to protect and provide for their families… An overwhelming majority of New Hampshire voters of all political backgrounds agree that it’s time for Concord to start focusing on the economy and jobs, and stop the blind-sided attacks on hard-working, committed families,” Stowell added.
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The GOP primary may be over in New Hampshire, but a new battle is brewing in the Granite State—this time over preserving their same-sex marriage law. A new vote could come at any moment that would threaten the state’s marriage-equality law, which would effectively threaten the legality of thousands of marriages.
You can speak out for all our families by signing the petition urging the New Hampshire state legislature to save marriage equality!
Check out a new video from the HRC after the jump…