served as a Marine in Iraq to defend freedom and liberty. But now the
New Hampshire state legislature might take away an essential freedom
from my brother Calvin, who is gay, and thousands of others: the freedom
to marry the people they love.
New Hampshire finally granted marriage equality two years ago. It was a great day for my family. But
the New Hampshire legislature may repeal that freedom -- they could
vote to ban marriage equality as soon as this Thursday.
Growing up, my
brother Calvin was tormented for being gay. The pain he felt is a direct
reflection of the isolation caused by telling LGBT people that they do
not have the same rights as every other law abiding citizen: that they
are not worthy of marriage.
conservative Republican, and I believe in small government. I don’t
think our legislators have any business telling my brother he can’t get
married. The people of New Hampshire don’t want marriage equality to be
repealed, either -- more than 60% of people in New Hampshire support
keeping the equal marriage law in place.
So far, more
than 2,000 Granite Staters and 72,000 people across the country have
signed my petition. Miley Cyrus even tweeted about it. But we haven’t
won yet. The NH legislature needs to hear from people like you and me
who support everyone’s freedom to get married. Please click here to sign my petition now.
Thank you for your time,
P.S. Here's the email Eden from Change.org sent over the weekend with more information about my petition.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Eden James, Change.org Subject: URGENT: Marriage equality at stake in NH
country is distracted by the New Hampshire primary, New Hampshire’s
state legislature is swiftly moving to abolish marriage equality. They could vote on the issue as soon as this Thursday.
Craig Stowell is
a New Hampshire native who recently testified at the New Hampshire
statehouse to ask the legislature not to pass HB 437, the bill that
would abolish marriage equality. But Craig isn’t gay -- in fact, he’s a straight married Marine, and a conservative Republican.
knows firsthand how damaging it can be when the government says it’s
okay to treat the LGBT community like second-class citizens. Craig’s
brother Calvin was horribly bullied as a kid because he’s 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,” Craig says.
Hampshire legalized marriage equality in 2009, more than 1,800 loving
same-sex couples have been married. Polls show that a large majority of
New Hampshire residents support that right -- 62%, according to a recent
poll from the University of New Hampshire.
"When my wife Berta and I were married, Calvin was right there by my side as my best man,” Craig says. “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."
legislators may think they can sneak in HB 437 during the ruckus
surrounding the New Hampshire primary, but they need to know that their
actions are being watched and that people in New Hampshire and around
the country won’t stand for this vicious step backward.