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Task Force Action Fund applauds New Hampshire legislature’s passage of bill granting the freedom to marry to same-sex couples

Date: 
May 06, 2009

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Urges Gov. John Lynch to support this critical legislation

WASHINGTON, May 6 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund applauds the New Hampshire legislature’s passage of a bill extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. The measure now moves to Gov. John Lynch.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund

“We are thrilled with the New Hampshire legislature’s passage of this critical legislation, which places same-sex couples at the cusp of attaining a fundamental freedom. The legislature’s action also affirms the national momentum building for marriage equality. It is clear that as people have discussed and considered this issue, they are increasingly recognizing that the protections provided through civil marriage are a vital part of full equality. Unfortunately, for far too long, many New Hampshire families have been placed in harm’s way because they have lacked these protections; it’s time to end this painful inequity.

“We salute the courage and commitment of the New Hampshire legislature for doing the right thing by passing this legislation, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition and GLAD for their hard work and tireless advocacy on this issue.”

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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.