New Hampshire Civil Rights Bill Passes Legislature

May 06, 1997

The New Hampshire Senate today approved a civil rights measure to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill passed the House on May 1, and Governor Jeanne Shaheen (D) has pledged to sign the bill. When it becomes law, New Hampshire will become the tenth state to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The last state to do so, Rhode Island, signed their measure into law on May 20, 1995. The other eight states are Wisconsin (1982); Massachusetts (1989); Connecticut and Hawaii (1991); California, New Jersey, and Vermont (1992); Minnesota (1993).

The following statement is attributable to Kerry Lobel, Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF):

"The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force commends the New Hampshire legislature for recognizing that discrimination is wrong. Today's vote sends a signal that New Hampshire values and respects all its citizens. We applaud Governor Shaheen for her commitment to fairness and pledge to sign the bill.

It is encouraging and inspiring that New Hampshire has passed this measure of fairness while lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people in other states are being attacked by divisive legislation in record numbers. The success of local activists in New Hampshire points to the importance of coming out and organizing on the state and local level."

For more information about the bill, contact Mo Baxley of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Discrimination at 603/224-1686, or visit their web page at


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