Five hundred or more supporters of marriage equality, including married couples and religious leaders, crowded Representatives Hall in the State House Feb. 17 to oppose bills which would repeal the 2-year-old law that make it possible for same-sex couples to wed in New Hampshire.
With recent polling data indicating that the public is cont ent with the status quo, leaders of the Republican House majority appear eager to get this hot-button issue off the political front burner. Sponsors of the legislation have indicated they are willing to go along with having the bills “retained” in committee for consideration at a later date, probably next year.
Cornerstone Research, the well-funded conservative action group behind repeal efforts, secured a permit for a rally at State House Plaza before the hearing. Concerned about possible unpleasant encounters between repeal opponents and supporters, NH Freedom to Marry asked me to be present as a “peacekeeper.” But the Cornerstone crowd maxed out at about 8 people, and hundreds of equal marriage supporters walked past them into the State House without incident.
Leaders of NH Freedom to Marry believe that delay of repeal measures is good for equal marriage.
The hearing began at 10:30 AM and lasted into the evening.