NH Senate Votes NO to Allowing the People to Vote on Gay Marriage Issue

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Votes Were Along Party Lines

Today, Senator Bragdon introduced an amendment on the floor of the Senate, that would have provided the voters of New Hampshire an opportunity to vote on a non-binding referendum, on gay marriage, in the 2010 elections.

CPR-Action, Executive Director Kevin Smith, made the following statement:

"It is very disappointing that the Senate would not even allow a non-binding referendum to go before the voters on such a contentious and divisive issue as gay marriage. A day after the voters in California had their say in the matter upheld by the courts there, and with the voters in Maine waiting to exercise their "people's veto" on the issue later this year, it is incredibly undemocratic of the New Hampshire Senate to tell the voters of our state that they will not get their say on the matter, especially when so many are asking for the opportunity. If the supporters of gay marriage are so confident that the people in the state also support it, why are they afraid to put the question before the voters?"

Smith added, "One thing is for sure, the voters will no doubt express their opinion on this matter at the ballot box next year when it's time to vote for candidates who have supported and opposed gay marriage."

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