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New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch signs legislation granting the freedom to marry to same-sex couples

Date: 
June 03, 2009

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'Clearly this is a momentous day for New Hampshire — a state that holds individual liberty and fairness as core values.' — National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey

WASHINGTON, June 3 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force issued the following statement after New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch signed legislation today granting the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.

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

"Clearly this is a momentous day for New Hampshire — a state that holds individual liberty and fairness as core values — as well as the entire country. Once again, after careful consideration, another state has concluded that denying the fundamental freedom to marry does not protect anyone; it simply places more families in harm's way and makes them more vulnerable to hardship. The marriage victories in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Maine — and now New Hampshire — affirm the national momentum building for marriage equality.

"We salute Gov. John Lynch and the New Hampshire legislature for supporting this critical measure, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition and GLAD for their hard work and tireless advocacy to make marriage equality a reality in New Hampshire."


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