National Organization for Marriage Urges New Hampshire Legislature to Pass Compromise Legislation on Same-Sex Marriage


Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)

"The redefinition of marriage was forced on New Hampshire with no vote of the people. We support letting voters decide this issue." —Brian Brown, NOM president—

National Organization for Marriage

Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today urged the New Hampshire legislature to pass HB 437, compromise legislation to restore civil unions for same-sex couples, and repeal same-sex marriage while protecting couples who have already been "married." The bill's author, Rep. David Bates, has said he will offer an amendment letting voters have the final say on the legislation through a statewide referendum vote.

"Gay billionaires like Tim Gill forced same-sex marriage on the state in 2009 without voters having any say," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "We urge the legislature to adopt this compromise bill and let the voters have the final say."


To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected], or Anath Hartmann, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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  1. Curious George
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    In breaking news, a WA judge rules the term "redefine marriage" creates a prejudice against the initiative to affirm the WA state law granting marriage equality to all its citizens.

  2. Publius
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Re #1 if true, this story suggests the following "breaking news:" a WA judge decrees that redefining marriage cannot be called redefining marriage. What the WA legislature did was precisely to redefine marriage. This story will probably increase the support for traditional marriage.

    One wonders if the NH judge will make the same Orwellian decree.

  3. Publius
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    The judge not withstanding, the WA state AG maintains, and common sense agrees, that
    the new WA law "would redefine marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry."

    In any event, it is with the petition drive in WA. I hope the citizens of New Hampshire get to exercise their right to popular sovereignty through a referendum and by electing officials who represent their views.

  4. AM
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    The term "redefining marriage" creates a prejudice?
    against what? Accuracy?

    Gotta hand it to your side: you deliberately try to alter the outcome as much as possible by banning precise language and /or confusing the voter with unintuitive yes/no options.

  5. Reformed
    Posted March 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Permalink


    Extensive and repeated polling agrees that the single most effective message is:

    "Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose,
    they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us."

  6. Mike
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    Why is NOM supporting legislation that both legalizes civil unions and "preserves" existing same-sex marriages?

  7. JR
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    Reformed - People are born gay. It is not a choice.

  8. Paul
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Publius, yes the anti-gay Washington State AG who is clearly biased would say that.

  9. TC Matthews
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    "People are born gay."

    JR, that's a pretty big claim. I would like to see your proof for that assertion.

  10. Randy E King
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    "People are born gay."

    They have no proof; just a deeply held belief that if you repeat a lie often enough people will start accepting it as the truth. The historical record of this tactic does not paint a flattering picture of those who embrace said tactic; it is viewed as the last refuge of the desperate and unscrupulous.

  11. ResistSSA
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I know several young boys who were perceived to be "born gay:" at an early age: effeminate, interested in dolls, wearing princess costumes, and the like.

    Know what happened? Their dads started spending time with them, talking with them, establishing a bond with them, and these boys learned to admire their dads, to want to be like them. A couple of them are older now, chick magnets and enjoying the dating scene.

    Boys need dads as dominant positive role models. Exposure to older homosexual boys can compete with the father's influence, and a celebration of male homosexuality can tip the scales.

  12. Louis E.
    Posted March 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    it is impossible to be born believing the falsehoods about homosexuality central to identifying as "gay".

  13. Posted March 14, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    "People are born gay. It is not a choice."

    Not so. "Gay" is a political identity. People may be born with same-sex attraction, but nobody's born "gay." They convert.

  14. Karen
    Posted March 15, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    DoE, your pseudo-sociological babble is utter nonsense would be shot down in flames in any legal setting. I would pay good money to see you stand in court and spout your tiresome, hate-based rhetoric in front of a live TV audience.