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N.H. considers constitutional amendment to ban discrimination against gays

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
CONCORD, N.H. -- A House panel is holding a hearing on a proposed amendment to New Hampshire's constitution that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Melissa Robertson, The Crimson ReviewAnna Robert and Ray Ramsey.

Transgender high school student in N.H. crowned Homecoming King

Monday, October 7, 2013
CONCORD, N.H. -- A transgender high school senior in New Hampshire has been crowned homecoming king at Concord High School. [ Read more → ]
Stacie Laughton

N.H. transgender state rep to resign due to flap over prior felony convictions

Saturday, December 1, 2012
NASHUA, N.H. -- Newly elected State Representative Stacie Laughton, one of the nation's first openly transgender state officials, ceremoniously signed her letter of resignation Thursday on a cable access show hosted by fellow Democrat and friend, State Rep. Ken Gidge. [ Read more → ]
Stacie Laughton

Openly transgender lawmaker may not resign, despite felony conviction

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Stacie Laughton, one of the nation's first openly transgender state officials, said Wednesday she was reconsidering her previously announced resignation, and may not relinquish her seat in the New Hampshire House, despite pressure over a previously undisclosed conviction for credit card fraud. [ Read more → ]
Lisa BironBooking photo.

Female ‘Christian’ attorney charged with sexual conduct with teenage girl

Saturday, November 24, 2012
A New Hampshire attorney associated with an anti-gay group of "Christian" lawyers, is facing federal charges that she took a teenage girl to Canada and convinced her to engage in sexual activity and to let it be filmed. [ Read more → ]
Stacie Laughton

N.H. voters elect country’s first out transgender statewide candidate

Friday, November 9, 2012
A New Hampshire Democrat on Tuesday became the first openly transgender person elected to statewide office in the country. [ Read more → ]
Maggie Hassan

LGBT ally Maggie Hassan declared winner in N.H. gubernatorial race

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maggie Hassan has been declared the winner in a hotly contested race to replace retiring New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. [ Read more → ]
Republican N.H. gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne (left) and Democratic N.H. candidate Maggie Hassan.Photos via Wikimedia.

Marriage equality at stake in New Hampshire gubernatorial race

Saturday, November 3, 2012
The outcome of the gubernatorial race in New Hampshire could be crucial in determining the fate of marriage equality in the state, which was the first to have a governor sign it without it being taken away through referendum. [ Read more → ]
David Pierce

New Hampshire gay lawmaker wins state Senate primary, Delaware candidates advance

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Openly gay New Hampshire State Rep. David Pierce was victorious Tuesday in his Democratic primary for the state senate, and he faces no opponent this November. [ Read more → ]

Chick-fil-A franchise to co-sponsor New Hampshire LGBT Pride event

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
NASHUA, N.H. -- The sole Chick-fil-A restaurant in New Hampshire, located in the food court of the Pheasant Lane Mall south of Nashua, will be one of the co-sponsors for New Hampshire LGBT Pride Fest 2012. [ Read more → ]
Brian Brown

NOM: We’ll hold every N.H. lawmaker ‘accountable’ for pro-gay marriage vote

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown on Wednesday pledged to hold "every" New Hampshire lawmaker accountable for failing to repeal the state's marriage equality law -- all 211 of them. [ Read more → ]

GOP-dominated New Hampshire House rejects gay marriage repeal

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
In a dramatic surprise and major victory for supporters of marriage equality for same-sex couples, the Republican-dominated New Hampshire House voted Wednesday (March 21) not to repeal the state’s two-year-old marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

In effort to repeal same-sex marriage, NOM now supports civil unions

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage has endorsed a civil unions bill in New Hampshire, a stark departure from its well documented record of opposing any type of legal relationship for same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
David Bates

Rally held in NH to repeal same-sex marriage, replace it with civil unions

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire Republican State Representative David Bates on Tuesday led a rally outside the capitol building of more than 200 people interested in repealing New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law and replace it with civil unions for any unmarried adults, including relatives. [ Read more → ]
David Bates

NH lawmaker spending own money on campaign to repeal gay marriage

Monday, February 6, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire lawmaker is waging a one-man effort to repeal the state's same-sex marriage law, and has launched a direct mail campaign to garner support of House Bill 437, which would restore "traditional marriage" between a man and a woman in the state. [ Read more → ]

Repeal of gay marriage absent from New Hampshire’s House agenda

Thursday, February 2, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. --The New Hampshire state House legislative leadership announced Thursday they will focus on the state's economic growth and education initiatives in the 2012 session, but are leaving social issues out of the agenda -- including a repeal of the state's same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]

NOM promises to ‘reward’ anti-equality legislators after accusing gay activists of buying votes

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is doing exactly what it accused gay activists of doing: buying votes. In New Hampshire, the organization has pledged $250,000 to “reward” politicians who “stand up for restoring traditional marriage." [ Read more → ]

New Hampshire legislature considers ‘License to Discriminate’ bill

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on HB 1264 -- essentially a “License To Discriminate” bill -- that would allow businesses that oppose marriage equality to deny services to same-sex couples based on their “conscience” or religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]

Planned vote to repeal same-sex marriage in New Hampshire delayed

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican House leaders have delayed the vote on the repeal of New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law, said House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt, (R-Salem), in an e-mail to the media Tuesday afternoon. [ Read more → ]

New Hampshire legislature expected to vote on repealing gay marriage law

Thursday, January 12, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. -- New Hampshire's lawmakers are expected to vote on a bill to repeal the state’s marriage equality law as early as next week. A senior legislative assistant, speaking on the condition of anonymity, indicated that a vote on the measure has tentatively been scheduled for next Wednesday, Jan. 18. [ Read more → ]

Santorum compares gay marriage to polygamy, angers New Hampshire collegiates

Thursday, January 5, 2012
CONCORD, N.H. -- GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum was met with boos by a group of college students at campaign appearance Thursday when he compared same-sex marriage to polygamy. [ Read more → ]

Repeal of gay marriage a top issue for New Hampshire GOP lawmakers

Monday, December 26, 2011
CONCORD, N.H. -- As the 2012 session of the New Hampshire legislature looms, most political observers agree that the top issue for at least GOP lawmakers is repealing the state's same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
Bob Garon (left) with Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney at odds with gay Vietnam veteran over same-sex marriage

Monday, December 12, 2011
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- During a campaign meet and greet at a local diner Monday morning, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney found himself in an awkward position defending his stance on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

NH lawmaker drops anti-gay marriage amendment in hopes of legislative repeal

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
CONCORD, N.H. -- The primary sponsor of a bill that would add a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in New Hampshire has decided not to pursue the measure, hoping instead that the legislature is successful in repealing the state's existing marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

Grass-roots coalition vows to fight repeal of NH same-sex marriage law

Sunday, October 30, 2011
CONCORD, N.H. -- A bipartisan coalition of business, civic, community leaders, and residents who support marriage equality have launched a grass-roots campaign to stop lawmakers from repealing New Hampshire's same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
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