My brother and best friend, Calvin, was tormented all the way through high school because people knew he was gay. There were nights that I worried I may wake up and he wouldn’t be there any longer; crushed by the misery he was forced to endure. When New Hampshire extended marriage to gay and lesbian couples, two years ago, he finally felt accepted. He finally felt like he belonged. Since that day 1,800 loving and committed gay and lesbian couples have married.
Today, the right to marriage is under attack in New Hampshire. If HB 437 passes, same-sex couples will no longer be allowed to marry. This mean-spirited attack is nothing more than state sponsored bullying. The bill actually goes on to allow discrimination in employment and housing based on sexuality.
When I enlisted in the Marines, I took an oath to defend freedom and liberty. In 2004, I went to Iraq to do just that. As the co-chairman for Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, I am now defending my brother's freedom here at home, and I hope you will help me by telling legislators to vote NO on HB 437.
Two recent polls have shown that Granite Staters overwhelming support marriage equality. One poll coming from the University of New Hampshire shows support at 62 percent. It should be obvious that the majority of New Hampshire believes this is a settled issue.
When my wife Berta and I were married, Calvin was right there by my side as my best man. I want the opportunity to be his best man when he finds the person he wants to marry. With your help, I know we can ensure that freedom will still be there when he does.
Republican Co-Chair, Standing Up For New Hampshire Families
Photo: Craig Stowell on left, Calvin Stowell on right & their twin brothers.
For more information on Standing Up for New Hampshire Familiies, check out:
- New Hampshire State House
I am writing to urge you to oppose legislation that would repeal New Hampshire's marriage laws allowing gay and lesbian couples to wed. Granite Staters value equality and freedom for our neighbors, which is why eliminating the freedom to marry just doesn't square with New Hampshire values.
Many gay and lesbian couples want to protect and defend marriage in the Granite State because they are in love. They want to make that long-term commitment to each other. They want to experience life’s ups and downs -- as a responsible married couple. Current law makes clear churches and other religious organizations do not have to recognize gay unions.
Two polls, including one conducted by the University of New Hampshire, have shown that New Hampshire residents of all ages, political ideologies, and regions of the state oppose efforts to repeal our marriage law. I urge you to stand with the supermajority of voters around the state and oppose the repeal of marriage for gay and lesbian couples by rejecting HB 437.
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